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Irish Soda Bread

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

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, which was a nice break from camping, we loved the breakfasts we were served, at least at first. Eggs, bacon (kind of soft, but very tasty), two sausages, a small glass of orange juice, and brown soda bread. After a while, the lack of variety got a little old (definitely a first world problem), but the brown Irish soda bread was something I looked forward to every day.  It filled me up and gave me energy for the day, and I absolutely loved it with good creamy butter.  40+ years later, 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.It makes spectacular toast in the morning, and goes well with any soup or salad.



 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
 1 cup All Purpose Flour
 1.50 tsp Salt
 1.50 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)

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


Stir in oats, make a indentation in the middle


Mix buttermilk and molasses together


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


Knead 4-5 times on a floured surface.


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


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


Reduce heat to 350 for 30 minutes


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

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.2g2%

Saturated Fat 0.4g2%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 495mg21%
Potassium 180mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 40.9g14%

Dietary Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 6.6g14%

Calcium 5%
Iron 13%
Vitamin D 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.