Irish Soda Bread with Muesli

Irish Soda Bread with Muesli / Patty's FoodI’m not sure which came first-Irish Soda Bread with Muesli or  Three Fruit Marmalade- but they belong together and are definitely a match made in heaven.  Every year when Saint Patrick’s Day rolls around I’m usually good for baking a loaf or two of soda bread, but this year I did a little experimenting and came up with my own version of a Muesli filled loaf which I’ve been regularly baking since celebrating Saint Paddy’s day.  I’m craving this freshly baked soda bread spread with butter and marmalade-I can’t even begin to tell you, so I’m going to share my recipe.  Lucky me, I also have the recipe for the Three Fruit marmalade since I took Happy Girl Kitchen Co’s marmalade workshop at Cavallo Point in Sausalito a few weekends ago.

I’ve been inspired since the class and made half a dozen jars of spiced tangerine marmalade last week.  I’ve always been partial to both jam and jelly making but lately, since discovering Irish Soda Bread for breakfast, I like having a jar of marmalade in my fridge.   Meyer lemon marmalade has always been one of my favorites but now I will be branching out into the world of citrus…Watch out citrus fruit here I come!  Three Fruit Marmalade-Happy Girl Kitchen Co. style – is next on my  to-make list.  I just love the chunky rind filled look of it and it’s delicious on my toasted soda bread.  We were all given jars of the marmalade we made in class to take home.  One of the marmalade making tips from the workshop is to find organic citrus fruit with rinds that will be sweeter in the finished marmalade so that the whole fruit can be sliced in small wedges which is easier than the traditional method where the entire rind is removed, sliced, boiled and finally put back in the marmalade.

I can’t think of another bread that can be made in one large bowl, formed into a ball, sliced twice on the top and baked on a parchment lined baking sheet in a hot oven for about half an hour that’s as good as Irish Soda bread-just bring on the Marmalade and that’s my idea of perfection from your own kitchen to the breakfast table.

Irish Soda Bread with Muesli / Patty's FoodI like to slice the entire loaf of  my soda bread after it cools, place any leftovers in a plastic bag in the fridge and enjoy it for breakfast toasted with loads of marmalade spread on top.  This bread is so easy to make and I think it’s healthy-that’s what I tell myself, anyway.  I will keep making this loaf  for breakfast until something I like better comes along-when that might be I can’t really say…
Irish Soda Bread with Muesli / Patty's Food

Irish Soda Bread with Muesli

Yield: 1 large loaf


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Irish-style whole meal flour, King Arthur's Flour
  • 1 cup Muesli, Bob's Red Mill Old Country Style
  • 3 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flours, Muesli, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a small bowl or large glass measuring cup measure out the buttermilk then add the yogurt and egg- stir together.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture, stir together until well combined.
  6. Turn out the dough and knead it a few times-form into a ball.
  7. Place the ball on the parchment lined baking sheet and using a sharp knife cut a cross on top from one end of the top to the other-crisscrossing the cuts.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes until a skewer comes out clean or with a few small crumbs.
  9. Cool on a rack before slicing.

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  1. I do wish I had that gorgeous loaf ready for my breakfast tomorrow morning! Will surely try this one. :)

  2. What a delicious post! The marmalade in particular is making my mouth water.

  3. Whole grain bread for breakfast is a fabulous way to begin the day! The Three Fruit Marmalade sounds divine! Happy Girl Kitchen is based near me and I am inspired to check their local class schedule after reading your lovely post.

  4. I am a lover of soda bread! Have to try this with muesli as it looks crazily good, esp. when paired with that wonderfully spiced marmalade!

  5. Looks super hearty and satisfying. It looks like the muesli adds great texture.

  6. Oh you have done it again – another bread masterpiece in my mind. I just wish I had a slice right now and that divine marmalade. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family! Let’s get together soon for lunch!

  7. You have no idea how bad I’m craving that bread. I’ve been dieting and it’s not pretty. That jam sounds so good too, I need to try marmalade, I haven’t yet. That class sounds fun. You and the family have a wonderful Easter!!!

  8. No need to twist my arm, this looks delicious, Patty! Now I have to go and hunt down that marmalade recipe. This could be breakfast for the rest of my life :)

  9. There is nothing quite as lovely as fresh bread and good jam. Thank you for sharing Patty!

  10. Can’t wait to try this! Hope to see the marmalade recipe on you blog soon!

  11. What a gorgeous, golden twist on traditional Irish soda bread! I bet it pairs so beautifully with that scrumptious orange marmalade.

  12. I love the ease of Irish soda bread, too, and I love that you’ve added muesli to yours! This would be my ideal breakfast…with some European butter and your homemade marmalade! Scrumptious!!!

  13. I love soda bread! (But for some reason don’t make very often….am now questioning why!) That marmalade looks divine.

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