Treacle Bread (Brown Soda Bread)

Sue Stone


Posted for Culinary Quest - Ireland


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 to 8
30 Min
35 Min


  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1-1/4 c
    buttermilk, plus additional as needed
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark molasses (preferably blackstrap)

How to Make Treacle Bread (Brown Soda Bread)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl; mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and molasses; mix well. Stir buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Add additional buttermilk by tablespoonfuls if needed to make dry, rough dough. Transfer dough to floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times or just until smooth (do not overknead). Shape dough into a round loaf about 1-1/2" thick. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  4. Use floured knife to cut halfway through dough, scoring into quarters (called "farls" in Ireland). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour, if desired.
  5. Bake about 35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm. Note: Bread can be sliced or pulled apart into farls.

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About Treacle Bread (Brown Soda Bread)

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: UK/Ireland

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