Irish soda bread with molasses – a lovely loaf in under an hour

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 Irish soda bread with molasses is quick to mix up, hearty and delicious


I consider myself half Irish since two of my great grandparents (or was it great, great?) arrived on a boat from Galway back in the 1800’s.

But even if I didn’t claim Irish heritage I’d still be a fan of Irish soda bread. Moist and hearty, it’s a satisfying treat in the often slushy month of March.


Irish soda bread with molasses is quick to mix up and delicious. You can have a loaf on the table in under ab hour. And what a lovely loaf it is, round and crackled on top.


Quick to mix up, you can have a loaf on the table in under an hour.

And what a lovely loaf it is, round and crackled on top.

You’ll want to eat it all at once, and you should. It has a nasty habit of drying out so consider it your duty to devour it in one day.

The soda bread recipes that I grew up with didn’t include molasses but I couldn’t help but think about what a great addition molasses would make to this soulful bread. So off I went in search of a version with molasses.


Irish soda bread with molasses a wholesome hearty loaf that's quick to mix up and oh so lovely


I found this recipe on and made only the slightest adaptation: I substituted currants for raisins.

Irish soda bread with molasses

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
  • 1/4 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup currants


  1. Put the 1/2 cup oats in mixing bowl. Stir in the buttermilk, molasses and oil; reserve.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the dry mixture and add the liquid all at once; add currants.
  4. Stir until dough pulls together in a shaggy mass.
  5. Let rest 3 minutes.
  6. Flour your work surface and hands.
  7. Scoop the dough onto floured surface and knead gently, sprinkling with flour as required.
  8. Knead gently just until dough comes together, cut in half and shape into two balls.
  9. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.
  10. Using a sharp, serrated knife, make two parallel slashes on the surface of the dough, about 3/4 -inch deep.
  11. Leave plenty of room between the loaves.
  12. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 and bake 20 minutes more, until dark and crusty.
  13. When done, the bottom should sound hollow when tapped with a finger.
  14. Cool loaves before slicing

*You can use soured milk if you don’t have butter milk. Just put 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar in a measuring cup and fill it to the 1 3/4 cup mark with milk. Let sit for 5 minutes before using. Or put 1/4 cup plain yogurt in a measuring cup and fill to the 1 3/4 cup mark with milk. Stir well.

Do you love molasses quick breads? Try this oatmeal brown bread recipe.

13 thoughts on “Irish soda bread with molasses – a lovely loaf in under an hour

  1. Mairead says:

    I make soda bread all the time, I will try this one for sure.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mairead, I love soda bread too and this is a wonderful recipe.

  2. Lena says:

    I’m sure this is lovely, but it’s not Irish soda bread, which to be authentic contains four ingredients only: flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. No molasses (or treacle), no sugar, no raisins or currants, no caraway seeds, no extraneous additions whatsoever. Call it what you will, just don’t call it Irish soda bread!

  3. April says:

    Sooooo very good and super simple! My daughter and I just made some for Saint Patrick ‘s day 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi April,
      Glad you and your daughter enjoyed it. I’m even happier to know that you and your daughter bake together!

  4. Debbie G. says:

    I prefer Grandma Molasses Blackstrap! Wonnnderful stuff! Full of B Vitamins, and essential minerals, I think I will have to make that bread, it sounds too good to resist!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Debbie,
      I agree, blackstrap is wonderful.

    1. Bridget says:

      Thank you!

  5. I already try your No Knead Brown Bread it turn out delicious !!! Thanks for the great recipes 🙂

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Paulette, I’ll be sure to let my mom know that you enjoyed her bread!

  6. Paulette Couture says:

    I made the No Knead brown bread it was delicious !!

  7. diannecprice says:

    Going to try this tomorrow. Love soda bread so this should be delicious

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