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Slice of apricot Irish soda bread on a cutting board

Apricot Orange Irish Soda Bread

Apricot Orange Irish Soda Bread is rustic and crusty and studded with chopped apricots and orange zest!

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  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon to toss with the dried apricot
  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour*
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2" dice
  • 1 3/4 cup cold low fat buttermilk shaken
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or use your handheld electric mixer. Mix the dry ingredients on low speed.
  • Add the cold butter cubes and mix on low speed until the butter is completely mixed into the dry ingredients. Use your fingers if necessary to work any large chunks of butter into the flour.
  • Using a fork, beat the egg, buttermilk, and zest in a measuring cup. Turn the mixer on low speed, and slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  • Toss the dried apricots with the reserved tablespoon of flour, then mix into the dough on low speed just until combined. The dough will be VERY wet!
  • Pour the dough out onto a well floured surface and sprinkle with flour. Flour your hands, and knead a few times until it's in the shape of a round loaf. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut a small "X" into the center.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


  • *I like to make this bread whole grain, but you may substitute the white whole wheat flour for all purpose flour (4 cups + 1 tablespoon total).
  • This bread is delicious with butter or orange marmalade for breakfast, or as a side dish with your corned beef and cabbage!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 459mg, Potassium: 229mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 550IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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