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Orange-Cranberry Soda Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

1¼ hours 25 minutes active, plus cooling

Orange-Cranberry Soda Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

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This is not your traditional Irish soda bread. The crumb is fragrant with orange zest and studded with tangy dried cranberries plus bits of creamy white chocolate that add the perfect amount of sweetness. We adapted the recipe from “Rising Hope” by Rachel Stonehouse and Kaila H. Johnson, both members of the team at London’s Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise that supports disadvantaged women by teaching them baking skills. The bread is the creation of Aine, the former head baker at Luminary Bakery, who taught the recipe to trainees in the days before Christmas. Indeed, the rustic loaf is special enough for a holiday breakfast or brunch, but it comes together so quickly and easily that it’s great at any time of the year.

Makes one 7½-inch

loaf

Tip

Don’t chop the white chocolate into tiny bits. Keep the pieces chunky—roughly ½ inch in size—otherwise they will simply disappear into the crumb. Also, don’t knead the dough as if it was a yeasted dough. Handle it gently, as if making biscuits or scones. A light, gentle touch helps ensure a tender crumb.

1¼ hours

25 minutes active, plus cooling

210 grams (1½ cups) dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
325 grams (2½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
105 grams (¾ cup) whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
113 grams (4 ounces) white chocolate, chopped into ½-inch chunks
Ingredients
  • 210

    grams (1½ cups) dried cranberries, roughly chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • cups buttermilk

  • 325

    grams (2½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 105

    grams (¾ cup) whole-wheat flour

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    teaspoon table salt

  • 113

    grams (4 ounces) white chocolate, chopped into ½-inch chunks

Directions
  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together the cranberries and orange juice. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute, stirring once halfway through. Stir again, then set aside until cooled to room temperature. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the orange zest and buttermilk.
  2. 02
    In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, the baking soda and salt. Add the cooled cranberries and the white chocolate; toss until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Using a silicone spatula, fold the buttermilk into the flour mixture until a rough, shaggy dough forms; it’s fine if the dough still shows some dry, floury patches.
  3. 03
    Lightly flour the counter and turn the dough out onto it. Using your hands and a metal bench scraper, gently and lightly fold the dough a few times just until cohesive; do not knead it. Shape the dough into a ball and, using the bench scraper to loosen it from the counter, transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Lightly dust the top with flour. Using a serrated knife, score an X into the top of the dough, cutting about ¾ inch deep.
  4. 04
    Bake until the bread is deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes; if turned upside down and tapped on the bottom, the loaf should sound hollow. Cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet on a wire rack, then transfer the loaf to the rack and cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.
Tip: Don’t chop the white chocolate into tiny bits. Keep the pieces chunky—roughly ½ inch in size—otherwise they will simply disappear into the crumb. Also, don’t knead the dough as if it was a yeasted dough. Handle it gently, as if making biscuits or scones. A light, gentle touch helps ensure a tender crumb.
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Makes one 7½-inch

loaf

1¼ hours

25 minutes active, plus cooling

Tip

Don’t chop the white chocolate into tiny bits. Keep the pieces chunky—roughly ½ inch in size—otherwise they will simply disappear into the crumb. Also, don’t knead the dough as if it was a yeasted dough. Handle it gently, as if making biscuits or scones. A light, gentle touch helps ensure a tender crumb.

Ingredients
  • 210

    grams (1½ cups) dried cranberries, roughly chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • cups buttermilk

  • 325

    grams (2½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 105

    grams (¾ cup) whole-wheat flour

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    teaspoon table salt

  • 113

    grams (4 ounces) white chocolate, chopped into ½-inch chunks

Step 1 of 4

Make the Cranberry Mixture

210
grams (1½ cups) dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1
tablespoon grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
cups buttermilk

Heat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment.


In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together the cranberries and orange juice. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute, stirring once halfway through. Stir again, then set aside until cooled to room temperature.


In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the orange zest and buttermilk.

Step 2 of 4

Make the Dough

325
grams (2½ cups) all-purpose flour
105
grams (¾ cup) whole-wheat flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon table salt
113
grams (4 ounces) white chocolate, chopped into ½-inch chunks

In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, the baking soda and salt. Add the cooled cranberries and the white chocolate; toss until the ingredients are evenly distributed.


Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk.


Using a silicone spatula, fold the buttermilk into the flour mixture until a rough, shaggy dough forms; it’s fine if the dough still shows some dry, floury patches.

Step 3 of 4

Fold then Shape the Dough

Lightly flour the counter and turn the dough out onto it. Using your hands and a metal bench scraper, gently and lightly fold the dough a few times just until cohesive; do not knead it.


Shape the dough into a ball and, using the bench scraper to loosen it from the counter, transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.


Lightly dust the top with flour. Using a serrated knife, score an X into the top of the dough, cutting about ¾ inch deep.

Step 4 of 4

Bake the Bread

Bake until the bread is deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes; if turned upside down and tapped on the bottom, the loaf should sound hollow.


Cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet on a wire rack, then transfer the loaf to the rack and cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.

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