Treacle and Ginger Soda Bread

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This time of year you will find you will find a lot of debate on exactly what Irish soda bread is. Traditionalists will insist if it has any ingredients beyond flour, baking soda and buttermilk, it isn’t really Irish soda bread. Then there are people, like me, who think a few added ingredients don’t take away from the charm of a loaf of soda bread cooling on the counter. I try any and all variations of soda bread I can find and generally love them all.

This recipe calls for Treacle, which I gather is a very British ingredient. I couldn’t find it at any of the stores I looked in all over my home town and a bit beyond. So according to Google, molasses is an acceptable substitute so that’s what I used.

Treacle and Ginger Soda Bread

1/2 cup buttermilk
1 TBS molasses
1 3/4 cup flour
1 TBS sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of ginger

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. In a small bowl, combine the milk and molasses, stirring so all the molasses is dissolved completely. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and ginger. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients to form a soft dough. Shape the dough into a disc about 4 inches across. Put the dough onto a baking sheet. Using a serrated knife, cut an x across the top of the dough about 1/4 inch deep. Bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

One thought on “Treacle and Ginger Soda Bread

  1. I’ll have to try this. I’ve always been disappointed with soda bread, probably because of the lack of fat, but maybe a little sweetener would help.


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