IRELAND – Soda Treacle Bread


There are a few variations available for this soda bread; we made the treacle version. The bread is similar to an Australia damper, or rather the Australia damper is similar to the soda bread!

  • Recipe chosen for soda bread
  • Cooking method: Oven


  • Faithfulness to recipe: Almost. I used dark maple syrup instead of treacle
  • Met expectations? Yes. It tasted like damper and other soda breads I have made in years past.
  • Would cook again? Probably not. It’s 
  • The taste test rated on a score of 5: 4



  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup plain / all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 305ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbs treacle or molasses (I used dark maple syrup)
  • 4 tsp sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. Mix the treacle and sugar with the buttermilk.
  3. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour with a wooden spoon to form a raggedy dough. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Do not over knead or your bread will be tough.
  4. Form the dough into a domed loaf and place it on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cut an X in the top with a serrated knife. Set in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to 200°F and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve slices warm with butter, jam or jelly.

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