Recipe for Spicy Hot Cross Bun Soda Bread – with candied orange peel and buttermilk

1 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons Natura Sugars Golden castor sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1//4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
zest of 1 orange
3 tablespoons candied orange peel
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup golden sultanas
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
flour, for dusting

How to
Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease and line a 22cm baking tin with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine the orange juice with the raisins and sultanas. Microwave for 30 seconds to plump up. Set aside to cool slightly.

Sift together all the dry ingredients, up to and including the nutmeg. Some of the almond flour will collect in the sieve – tip that in too. Mix in the zest and orange peel.

Add the dried fruit plus the orange-y juices, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Fold through gently until the flour is just incorporated.

Divide into 8 equal portions and roll into buns. Arrange in the tin and bake for around 35-40 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before turning out.

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Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby. For more details on monthly cooking classes hosted in Johannesburg, email