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5 from 3 votes

Rye Soda Bread

Learn how to make this super easy rye soda bread at home. If you are a fan of soda bread and rye, try this recipe! It is dense and hearty without eggs or yeast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, European, Irish
Keyword: crumbly, dense, hearty, savory
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Wire rack
  • Whisk
  • Wooden or sturdy silicone spoon


  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour 113g
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark rye flour 165g
  • 1/4 cup of light or dark brown sugar 54g
  • 1 Tbsp of baking soda 18g
  • 1/2 tsp of salt 3g
  • 1/2 cup of root beer 118ml
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk 113g


  • Preheat the oven to 400F/205C, with the main rack in the middle position.
  • Whisk together the whole wheat flour, rye flour, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add the root beer and the buttermilk then stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
  • Pour dough onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Shape the dough into a round loaf. Then lightly cover the dough in flour.
  • Place the loaf on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Score a # mark on the top of the loaf.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes and then serve. Enjoy!



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