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Lemon-lime blueberry soda bread

Lemon-lime blueberry soda bread
Iris Schneider / Los Angeles Times

One nice thing about not being Irish but being a baker is that I can take liberties with soda bread. Not that I don't respect tradition; I do. In fact, if I had it my way, soda bread would be ... Read more

Active work time: 35 minutes | Total preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Serves 12 to 16


  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange or lime oil, optional
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oatmeal

Step 1Cover raisins with hot water and let stand 5 minutes. Drain, then coarsely chop. Place in bowl with frozen blueberries.

Step 2Whisk together melted butter, oil, honey, brown sugar, egg, orange juice, orange oil, and lime and orange zests in large bowl.

Step 3Combine unbleached flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and caraway seeds in another mixing bowl. Fold flour mixture into egg mixture, stirring well. Gently fold in blueberries and raisins and mix thoroughly.

Step 4Spoon batter into 2 (7x3-inch) loaf pans, 2 (7- or 8-inch) cast-iron skillets or 1 (9-inch) springform pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with oatmeal. Bake at 375 degrees until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, 50 to 60 minutes if using loaf pans. Cool in pans 15 minutes, then turn onto cake rack to finish cooling.


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest, plus strips of zest for garnish
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated lime zest, plus strips of zest for garnish

Step 1Stir together powdered sugar, orange juice and zests to make soft glaze. Drizzle over cooled cakes. Apply decorative shreds of zest. (Can be frozen.)


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