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Christmas Soda Bread sliced on a tea towel.
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Christmas Soda Bread

All the flavours of Christmas in one loaf (marzipan, vanilla, orange, mixed spice and dried fruit) - Christmas Soda Bread is quick and easy to make and so delicious spread with butter and even jam if you wish!
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword easy, quick, sodabread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Camilla Hawkins


  • 180 mls Milk
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 175 g Plain spelt flour
  • 175 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ¾ tsp Mixed spice
  • 100 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 35 g Marzipan grated
  • Grated zest of 1 orange or 2 clementines wash well with detergent first
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 40 g Currants
  • 40 g Dried cherries chopped
  • Demerara sugar for sprinkling


  • Pre-heat the oven to 190⁰C.
  • Prepare a baking tray a sheet or baking parchment and a scattering of flour.
  • Stir the lemon juice into the milk and set aside to curdle.
  • Sieve the flours, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl.
  • Then mix in the caster sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, marzipan, orange zest and dried fruit thoroughly.
  • Add the curdled milk and mix in with a round bladed knife until a dough if formed (use your hands towards the end).
  • Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and shape into a dome (speed is important as the raising agents start working as soon as you add the milk).
  • Place the dome onto the baking sheet, sprinkle on a good layer of Demerara sugar (patting down) and using a sharp knife cut a deep cross down into the dough.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a hollow sound is heard when you knock on the underside of the loaf.
  • Place on a wire rack to cook.
  • Serve warm or cold with butter (and jam if liked) with a nice cuppa!


Unless you have unwaxed oranges or clementines you must wash the wax off your citrus fruit as this is not meant for human consumption. I use a drop of washing up liquid, rub in well with a drop of warm water and then give it a scrub with my potato brush. I think I got this tip from Michael van Stratton on a radio show (LBC) many years ago!