Irish soda bread with butter

Irish soda bread with molasses

A classic Irish Soda Bread recipe sweetened with a little molasses. Moist and hearty, it’s a satisfying treat during the cold winter months.

A classic Irish Soda Bread recipe sweetened with a little molasses. Extra easy. Ready in under an hour.

Quick to mix up, you can have a loaf of Irish Soda Bread with molasses 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.

For all of you Irish soda bread purists, we know that this isn’t a “true” Irish soda bread, because of the added molasses, but it sure is delicious.


Irish soda bread with molasses

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  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bread 1x
  • Category: Muffins & Quick Breads


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s 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.

A classic Irish Soda Bread recipe sweetened with a little molasses. Extra easy. Ready in under an hour.


  • March 16, 2023


    Sounds delicious for sure ,I will be making it . You could call it Crosby’s Molasses soda bread.

  • August 18, 2016

    Carolyn Game

    Made this yesterday using walnuts instead of currants and swapped one of the cups of plain four for brown. Lovely flavour ! Thanks so much for recipe.

  • October 3, 2013


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

  • March 22, 2013


    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!

    • March 16, 2017


      Pffftttt…always one in the room

  • March 17, 2013


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

    Thanks for sharing!

  • March 14, 2013

    Debbie G.

    I prefer Crosby’s 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!

  • March 10, 2013

    Very good recipes !!

      • March 15, 2023

        Nancy Sutherland

        I love molasses, can’t wait to try your bread, looks delicious!!

  • March 10, 2013

    I already try your No Knead Brown Bread it turn out delicious !!! Thanks for the great recipes :)

  • March 10, 2013

    Paulette Couture

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

  • March 8, 2013


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

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