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Marzipan, Cherry & Orange Blossom Sweet Soda Bread

A delicious and really simple sweet soda bread flavoured with marzipan, cherries and orange blossom water.
Active Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 slices (1 loaf)


  • 200 g plain flour - + a little extra to sprinkle on top
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 20 g caster sugar
  • 50 g marzipan
  • 50 g glacé cherries
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 140 ml buttermilk


  • Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  • Chop the glacé cherries (50g) in halves and coarsely grate the marzipan (50g).
  • Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl (200g plain flour, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, 20g caster sugar, grated marzipan and chopped cherries). Give them a good mix.
  • Add the orange blossom water (1 tsp) and buttermilk (140ml) and stir until fully combined.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place it onto a baking tray. Sprinkle a little flour on top and then use a sharp knife to cut slits into a cross shape on top.
  • Put the bread into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Loosely cover the bread with foil (to stop the top burning) and return it to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
  • Check the loaf is cooked by tapping the bottom, it should sound hollow. If it doesn't pop it back into the oven (still covered in foil) for a few more minutes.
  • Once cooked, place the bread on a wire rack to cool.


Suitable for vegetarians


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 11.5g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: Cherry, Edible Gifts
Author: Charlotte Oates