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Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

This Irish Soda Bread recipe is so quick and easy to make… no kneading, no rise time. Within an hour you can have it out of the oven and cooling, ready to eat.

The twist in this recipe is that half of the flour is replaced with dark rye flour which gives the bread a deliciously rich, nutty flavor and takes ordinary soda bread to the next level of yummy goodness.

Just look at that beautiful dark loaf of bread!

Loaf of Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist on a cutting board with a butterbell in the background

First you’ll want to gather your ingredients to make sure you have everything.

Photo of All the ingredients for Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

 

Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

  • 2 c of organic dark rye flour
  • 2 c organic all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp raw coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 c buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ c of oatmeal (to coat the dough)

Preheat your oven to 375ºF

Add the dark rye flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly.

Whisking the dry ingredients together in a large bowl

Measure the buttermilk in a large measuring cup, add the egg and molasses. Beat to combine the liquids.

Molasses being measured to add to liquid ingredients for Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the liquid mixture into the well.

Wet ingredients being poured into the dry ingredients of the Irish Soda Bread

Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.

At first, it’s going to look like there’s way too much flour. Keep mixing.

Dough for the Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist looking too dry

After several stirs, it’s going to start to look like a sticky mess and now you may be thinking that you actually need more flour… but a sticky mess is exactly what you want!

Dough for the Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist looking like a sticky mess

Sprinkle a couple of handfuls of the oatmeal on your counter.

Sprinkling oatmeal on to the counter

Scoop the sticky dough out of the bowl on to the oatmeal, then flip it over to coat the dough.

Dough for the Irish Soda Bread coated in oatmeal

Your hands are going to end up a sticky mess too, but trust me, it’s going to be sooo worth it.

If you hate getting your hands dirty while baking you could also use a couple of large spoons to roll the dough in the oatmeal. But it won’t be as much fun. 🙂

Hands covered in the sticky dough of the Irish Soda Bread

Transfer the oatmeal coated ball of dough to a baking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper. If you don’t have either of those, you can also thoroughly grease the baking sheet with butter.

Ball of oatmeal covered Irish Soda Bread Dough transfered to silpat lined baking sheet

Now if you’ve been baking for a while, you know that bread of any kind can behave differently depending on how humid your climate is, which in turn affects how much moisture your flour contains.

So sometimes when I make this kind of bread, the dough will start to spread out more than I’d like after putting it on the baking tray.

No need to panic or think it’s ruined. This recipe is very forgiving. Simply scoop the dough from the edges back into the center of the loaf.

First photo of scooping the edges of the dough up to make a prettier shaped load of Irish Soda Bread

Second photo of scooping the edges of the dough up to make a prettier shaped load of Irish Soda Bread

Once you’re happy with the way your loaf looks on the baking sheet, pop it into the oven that you’ve preheated to 375ºF and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

The bread is done when the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.

The bread is delicious all by itself dipped in soup or stew.

Or you can spread a bit of butter on it to have with your favorite cheese.

Fresh baked Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist on a cutting board with butter bell beside it

I’ve made 2 loaves of this recipe for Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist in the past few days because as you can see, someone (who shall remain nameless) can barely wait until I get a photo taken before he’s swooping in to steal a piece!

Hand reaching in to take a piece of Irish Soda Bread with a Rye Twist

 

 

 

 

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Collage photo with top photo of loaf of Irish Soda Bread on a cutting board and bottom photo of the same scene with a hand reaching in to take a slice of bread

 

6 Comments

  • mary
    February 28, 2018 8:48 pm

    That looks and sounds delicious. I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      March 6, 2018 6:21 pm

      Thank so much Mary! I hope you will give it a try. 🙂

  • Rachel
    March 1, 2018 9:24 am

    That looks distinctly yummy!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      March 6, 2018 6:15 pm

      Thank you Rachel… it is really yummy! 🙂

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    March 4, 2018 7:08 am

    I love soda bread especially warm from the oven like that certain someone who shall remain nameless 🙂 Will definitely give this a try.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      March 6, 2018 6:00 pm

      I know… warm bread from the oven is sooo hard to resist, isn’t it. If you do make some Fiona, please let me know how it turns out.

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