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Rustic Irish Soda Bread with Orange Cream Cheese

This hearty irish soda bread is unbelievably soft and tender inside and chock-full of raisins and cinnamon. Enjoy slices warm from the oven, slathered with a tangy orange cream cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • BREAD:
  • 2-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon. Using hands, gently work in softened butter until crumbly. Stir in buttermilk, beaten egg, raisins, and caraway seeds if using until mixture forms a shaggy dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and very gently knead a few times to form dough into a 7-in round. (dough should be about 1-in thick) Using a sharp knife, cut a deep X in top of round.
  • Bake Irish soda bread at 400F 40-45 minutes or until bread is a deep golden brown. Remove bread from oven and gently brush with butter. Cool 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack before slicing.
  • Make the cream cheese: In a small bowl, beat together all ingredients until creamy. Serve cream cheese with warm slices of Irish soda bread.


Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature up to 6 days. Cream cheese may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 week.