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You know, I am actually very Irish…

Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread |

Or I thought I was, but apparently I am more like twenty-five percent. My dad’s not sure, but all I do know is my grandma is very Irish and my oldest brother not only looks like he is right off the boat, but he’s got the red-blooded temper to prove it.

Sadly, I don’t know all that much about my heritage other than my great-grandmother came over from Ireland on a boat through Ellis Island (we actually have the trunk she brought over with her). She also made the most amazing Irish soda scones. Some day I hope to get my hands on that recipe, but it may take some time. Maybe next year?

Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread |

I actually made this bread with no intention of posting the recipe because I feel like Irish Soda Bread is just so simple and everyone’s recipes are all very similar. But then it just turned out so good that I thought to snap some quickish photos before devouring the whole thing.

This recipe is a little different because I used my favorite beer bread recipe as a base, but also include the elements of classic  Irish Soda bread.

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The combo of both beer and buttermilk works awesome and the rye flour gives the bread an almost cracker like taste that is addicting.

And just like every other Irish Soda Bread or Beer Bread recipe it’s quick, easy and almost foolproof. And I only say almost because sometimes things like the baking soda accidentally get left out and then you end up with a dense rock instead of delicious bread. Yup, it happens to me too. Actually it’s happened more times than I care to admit.

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Oh, and huge bonus – this bread is actually whole grain and still tastes totally amazing. Eat it toasted in the morning with some butter and jam, or slice it up and use it for sandwiches. Or just eat it fresh out of the oven and serve it with dinner. Gotta love that.

Seriously though, if there is one thing the month of March needs it soda bread. You just gotta do it.

Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread |

Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 270 kcal

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  • Preheat the oven 400 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the whole wheat flour, rye flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk and 1 cup of beer. Stir until the dough comes together into a ball. If the dough seems too dry add a splash more of beer. The dough should be slightly sticky.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed into a rough ball or football shape. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little flour and use a sharp knife to score a cross on the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the loaf has almost doubled in size and sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool a few minutes, slice and serve. Bread can be reheated or used for morning toast.


*From my favorite [beer bread |] + soda bread sort of adapted from [Top With Cinnamon |]. Check hers out. It's awesome.
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  1. I quite by accident came across your recipe for white chili which in turn led me to a couple of your easy & ridiculously simple breads! I love these and can’t wait to give them a try. I recently lost both my parents, just a week apart, incidentally they owned a bakery for the better part of my childhood. I have not been inclined to try breaking down any of my Dad’s fabulous bread recipes but I long for them! Thx for sharing these as I am frequently I’ll & these are something I can actually tackle on a good day.

    1. Hi Dianne! I am so sorry to hear that you lost both of your parents. I hope you are doing well! Also, I hope the recipes you try turn out amazing for you and hopefully remind you a little bit of your Dad. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Made it again- I finally got some rye flour. This time I used New Belgium 1554 Ale because I drank all my stout last week.. Still added some blackstrap molasses even though the 1554 is nice and dark just because I love molasses. It was even better than the first time. I put some cinnamon butter on it. Also had some with maple syrup. It’s great just with plain butter, too. Like ol’ Tony the tiger said “IT’S GRRRREAT!”

  3. Looks YUMMY! I’d love to make it, but can I put raisins in it? GOTTA have raisins in my Irish Soda Bread!

  4. 5 stars
    didn’t have whole wheat on hand so used a cup of bread flour and 3/4 cup of oatmeal. No stout either but Blue Ribbon and about a tbsp of dark molasses worked just fine. Delicious. Thanks

  5. This recipe was fantastic. I added some leftover buckwheat and used an Irish blonde ale that I had brewed. My wife, an immigrant from Ireland, absolutely loves the bread. Great job!

  6. …it’s in the oven right now… I used a chocolate infused milk stout, plus I divided the dough into a small loaf and four buns….so shortening the baking time a bit.

  7. made this last night (but didn’t have rye) and it turned out great! Super simple and easy weeknight bread. 🙂

  8. My first attempt at Irish Soda Bread and this was a huge success! My hubby absolutely loved it. So healthy too. Excellent!

  9. I adore a good, hearty bread, and I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand. I can’t wait to make it to serve alongside a hearty stew.

  10. Stunning photos! I love that wood cutting board!! I need to find me one like that! Did you but it from somewhere?

  11. This looks sublime! I love Irish Soda Bread. Love. I can’t wait to try your healthy spin! So glad you decided to share 🙂

  12. I think everyone here in Australia claims to be 25% Irish!
    My family are 50% Danish though, so all these percentages are battling it out – oh well – more cuisines for me to lay claim to!
    Also, St Patrick’s Day is my favourite day of the year! 7 days before my birthday and you get to wear green, drink whisky, and eat mashed potatoes! Who could ask for more 🙂
    This bread is sure to be a hit with my family 🙂