Chocolate Orange Soda Bread

Look at the chocolate in this!

ChocSoda_2The dark chocolate chips are deliciously soft when this simple loaf comes out of the oven and the orange adds a lovely subtle background flavour. 

I originally thought of this bread for St Patrick’s Day as a twist on the classic Irish Soda Bread but when my husband was eating his second slice ( 🙂 ) he suggested that it would also be a perfect alternative to chocolate chip Hot Cross Buns at Easter.

As this only takes a short time to cook it would be great for a last minute morning or afternoon tea, or add some ice cream and serve it for a weeknight dessert.

Ingredients – serves 4-6:

  • 150g/5 oz plain (all purpose) flour
  • 150g/5 oz wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • juice and finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, plus a few extra to sprinkle


    • Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F.
    • Spray a baking tray with a little cooking spray.
    • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and then use a flat bladed knife to mix together into a soft dough. If the dough is a little bit sticky, (it depends on how much juice is in your orange), then sprinkle on a tiny bit more plain flour and knead for a couple of seconds until smooth.
    • Form the dough into a round disc and place onto the prepared baking tray.
    • Sprinkle over a few extra chocolate chips.
    • Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the loaf is risen and golden. It should sound hollow when tapped.
    • Remove from the oven and leave on the tray to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.
    • Enjoy!


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3 Responses to Chocolate Orange Soda Bread

  1. That looks amazing so many chocolate chips and orange chocolate go so well together.

  2. Pingback: Recipe Round-up: Easter sweet treats | Recipe Adaptors

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