Rustic oat & treacle soda bread

Rustic oat & treacle soda bread

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


cuts into 12 slices

This simple, yeast-free Irish bread is delicious with soup or cheese. For a darker loaf, you can use an extra spoonful of treacle in place of the honey

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal173
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • oil or butter, for greasing
  • 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 50g porridge oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 150ml pot live bio yogurt
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and grease a baking sheet. Put the flours, oats, bicarb and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and stir to combine. Tip the yogurt into a jug, add enough water to make it up to 400ml and mix well. Stir the treacle and honey into the yogurt mixture until they dissolve. Pour onto the dry ingredients and stir with a round-bladed knife until you have a soft, sticky dough.

  2. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and lightly form the dough into a round. Lift onto the baking sheet, cut a deep cross in the dough and sprinkle with oats. Bake for 30 mins or until the crust is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Soda bread should be eaten the same day, or toasted the next.

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21st Sep, 2018
My loaf was a bit doughy and heavy. The dough wasn’t wet like a couple of the reviews mention, I cooked it for 30 mins and it sounded hollow should I have left it longer or is it something else.?
28th Jan, 2018
Not sure what happened but despite following the recipe it was very underdone and uncooked after the suggested time. I did a bit of searching and other recipe suggests cooking for 50 minutes to an hour.
9th Oct, 2017
Really liked this - will be making it again! Didn't come as round as the picture as was quite wet so struggled to get the shape to stay in place, but other than that it was fab! Absolutely delicious with a bit of cheese!
14th Mar, 2017
Lovely bread! Really appreciated the recipe with store cupboard ingredients. Thought the dough looked too wet but it turned out brilliantly.
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