Black Current & Blood Orange Irish Soda Bread

Zach Thorp Oct 12, 2022


  • 4 cups all purpose four
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • ¼ cup Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup Black Currant Balsamic
  • Sprinkling of raw sugar


  1. Place raisins with Black Currant Balsamic in a bowl and let soak for at least one hour.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the dubbed butter and Blood Orange olive oil. Mix with your hands, breaking the butter up into tiny pieces, until fully incorporated.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture and the drained raisins to the flour mixture.
  4. On a floured surface, knead the dough with your hands, adding additional flour as needed, into the shape of a round loaf.
  5. Place dough on a baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper. Cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf. Sprinkle it with raw sugar.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the loaf.
  7. Slice and serve warm.