Crème Fraîche Soda Bread

12 slices
30 min prep time
1 hr 30 min total time

This crème fraîche soda bread recipe is a quick and easy way to have a baked treat in a short amount of time. This lightly sweetened bread is studded with flavorful dried fruit and perfumed with citrus zest.


4 cups flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon orange zest

6 tablespoons Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 82% Butterfat

1 cup Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche

2/3 cup milk

1 egg

1 cup dried fruit, we used cranberries, but currants or dried blueberries would also work well


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  • STEP 2

    In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and orange zest. To this, pinch in the butter until the butter is about the size of peas and it's all coated in flour. Working the orange zest into the butter and flour mixture will release the citrus oils and help perfume the bread. Add the dried fruit and gently toss to coat completely in the flour. This will help the fruit stay evenly distributed within the bread as it bakes.

  • STEP 3

    In a separate bowl, combine the crème fraîche, milk and egg until incorporated well. Slowly add the crème fraîche mixture into your dry ingredients and gently knead to combine until it forms a big ball.

  • STEP 4

    Place dough ball onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet and lightly cut an X onto the top of the loaf with a sharp paring knife.

  • STEP 5

    Bake for 50 minutes or until browned and tester comes out clean.

  • STEP 6

    Slice or cut into thick wedges and serve with cultured butter.