Irish Wheaten Bread
This simple Irish Wheaten Bread recipe will help you make your own Irish Soda bread in your own home. It is simple to make and you do not need any special tools or ingredients. It is delicious served up with some salted butter or with other condiments of your choice.
You will notice when you make it that the dough is very thick, thanks to the buttermilk in the wheaten bread mix.
What is Irish Wheaten Bread?
There are several Irish bread types. This is one of them.
In the North of Ireland brown soda bread is commonly known as Wheaten bread. ‘Soda’ bread is bread made with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda or bicarbonate of soda) as the leavening agent. In Ireland, soda bread may be made with white or whole wheat flour, depending on where you are.
This recipe uses a mixture of both flours to create a brown wheaten soda loaf that is just delicious.
My mum always has wheaten bread or soda bread in the house stashed away in the freezer as it is readily available in the local supermarkets. Toasted soda bread is always a staple part of breakfast at my parent’s house.
When we lived in the Netherlands though it was impossible for me to obtain soda bread locally, so I used this simple recipe to make it myself. The result is a bread that is perfect to eat warm as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup or together with some nice mature cheddar cheese and butter.
What to serve with your soda bread
If you ever visit Ireland you will find that homemade brown soda bread is often served up with a full Irish breakfast (an Irish fry) or as an accompaniment to a fish chowder in the pubs and B&B’s. It may also be served together with smoked salmon, which still gets caught locally.
It is also ubiquitous in the supermarkets so we tend to buy it now rather than make it ourself.
And if you happen to be Irish and missing the Emerald isle, all you need to do is bake this recipe and serve it up warm or toasted with some salted butter. It will remind you of home.
If you make this recipe please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
How to make brown Irish soda bread