Irish Wheaten Bread

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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.

irish wheaten dough
The dough before the oven

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.

irish soda bread


This recipe uses a mixture of both flours to create a brown wheaten soda loaf that is just delicious.

irish soda bread crumb


brown soda bread crumb
Irish Wheaten Bread

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.

irish toasted soda bread
Toasted soda bread with salted Irish butter


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.

irish buttered wheaten bread


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.

tomato soup and irish bread


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. Maybe with some seafood chowder to go with it?


seafood chowder with wheaten bread


It will remind you of home. 


irish farl


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

Irish Wheaten Bread

irish soda bread

This easy recipe will make you a delicious authentic Irish wheaten bread. Perfect as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup, or toasted with butter and cheddar cheese.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 260g wholemeal flour
  • 150g plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 50g oats (blitzed in Nutribullet)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190C.
  2. Then blitz your oats in your food processor or Nutribullet.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda, caster sugar, salt) together and mix well.
  4. Then add the egg and buttermilk and mix until you have a kind of thick dough. I do this in my mixer.
  5. Take the dough onto a floured surface and form a ball.
  6. Then flatten the ball until you have a kind of short cylinder about 5 cm high.
  7. Mark a cross in the top with a knife and place on a baking tray on some parchment paper or silicon baking sheet.
  8. Place in the oven for 50 minutes until a dark brown colour.
  9. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


Serve with salted butter warm or toasted with some mature cheddar cheese.


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