Rye Soda Bread

Every time I make soda bread, I wonder why I don't make it more often! It is so easy, and I love the distinctive taste. This version is full of hearty rye flavor, and tastes delicious toasted and topped with salted brown butter.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats

  • 2 ½ teaspoons caraway seeds, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds

  • 2 cups rye flour

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix sunflower seeds, oats, 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, and poppy seeds together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Combine remaining 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, rye flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour in 1 3/4 cups buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon until dough starts coming together. Knead briefly in the bowl until no dry spots remain.

  4. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet and shape into a round loaf. Use damp hands if dough is sticking as you shape it. Cut a deep cross into the top using a sharp knife. Brush with 1 tablespoon buttermilk and sprinkle seed-oat mixture all over the top and into the cracks.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top and bottom are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
2g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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