Prune Soda Bread

Following the ethos of Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, I adapted a recipe to make use of what was in my pantry. This prune soda bread was absolutely amazing, and I will use this as a base recipe for more bakes.

Prune Soda Bread
Prune Soda Bread
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Last month on Twitter, someone complained that her jewellery had been stolen out of her check in luggage. It was for her wedding, and she was really upset. I could not help but think just how stupid she had been. Who on earth puts their jewellery into their suitcase? The most likely place for anything to be stolen is at your departure airport. They have plenty of time after your suitcases are whisked away from the check in counter. And if your luggage passes through any scanners, they can see what is in them. There is less chance of your case being tampered with at arrival, which has been a relief for me a few years ago. I had my hand luggage removed from the plane due to overloading and even though I locked it, I didn’t remove anything that could have been stolen.

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Then yesterday I saw a post on Facebook where someone’s luggage had been lost. And in it were all her medicines. This boggles my mind, as why would you risk packing your medication into your check in bag? Luggage delays seem to be the norm right now with the chaos going on at many airports. And it has been like this for months now. Surely this alone would make you keep what you need every day with you? And if not that, then just pure common sense. The hassle involved in getting a prescription from your Doctor looked at overseas is enough to make me keep my medicine with me. And also because I might need something on the plane. All of this seems so obvious, but clearly it isn’t! Do you check in your medication when you travel?

Prune Soda Bread


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Prune Soda Bread

Use any dried fruit and spices of your choice if you don't have prunes
Recipe Category: Bread
Makes enough for: 1 soda bread
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen page 41


  • 515 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 40 g fructose
  • 10 mls ground allspice
  • 5 mls ground cardamom
  • 5 mls bicarobonate of soda
  • 5 mls fine salt
  • 2.5 mls baking powder
  • 70 g butter, cubed
  • 150 g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
  • 240 g thick yoghurt
  • 180 mls milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 lemon, zest only


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Place the flour, fructose, allspice, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, salt and baking powder into a stand mixer bowl
  • Mix to combine using a K beater, then add the butter
  • Mix until the flour resembles coarse brreadcrumbs
  • Add the prunes and stir to combine
  • Place the yoghurt, milk and egg into a mixing jug and whisk to combine
  • Add to the flour mixture with the lemon zest and stir gently until just combine
  • When the dough just comes together, lightly flour your hands and transfer the dough to a lined baking tray
  • Shape into a circle about 18cm in diameter
  • Gently cut a large cross into the top of the dough using a sharp knife
  • Place into the oven and bake for 75 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and place into a wire rack to cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing
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7 thoughts on “Prune Soda Bread

  1. HI Tandy, I would never put medication or anything valuable in a checked in suitcase. Even my hand luggage I am ultra careful about. The world is full of thieves. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

  2. When I first read the name of the recipe, prune bread, it sounded odd to me. However, then I remembered eating prune filled cookies (Hamanstashen ) on Purim and the prune filling was absolutely delicious. The cardamom sounds like it adds a special. touch.

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