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Irish Soda Bread

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June 22, 2017

When I was 16, my family ventured to Ireland for a 3 week bike trip.  It was not a tour, but just my adventurous dad leading us around the country.  We camped half the time.  We were always hungry after a big ride, and we would love anything our parents would make at camp.  This is where my dad uttered his wisdom that I repeat often: "There's nothing like food when you're hungry!"  Truer words have never been spoken.

When we stayed in bed and breakfasts, the brown irish soda bread was my absolute favorite.  It filled me up and gave me energy for the day, and I absolutely loved it with good creamy butter.  And I still do!

I found this recipe many years ago at  I have not changed it, and it is a super easy bread to have in the house any time.



  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 12 servings


3 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 cup Oats (Old Fashioned is best!)

2 tbsp Dark Molasses

2 cups Buttermilk (or milk with 2 Tbsp lemon or white vinegar that sits for 10 minutes)


1Mix whole wheat flour, white flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

2Stir in oats, make a indentation in the middle

3Mix buttermilk and molasses together

4Pour buttermilk/molasses into middle of dry ingredients. Mix well with sturdy spoon or even your hands.

5Knead 4-5 times on a floured surface.

6Shape into round loaf, cut the classic cross on top of the bread with a sharp knife - about one inch deep.

7Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. We like to bake it on a pizza stone.

8Reduce heat to 350 for 30 minutes

9Take it out of the oven and let cool. It's excellent served with butter or reheated as toast.

Note: You can cut the dough in half and make two smaller loaves.


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