How To Make Wheaten Bread

Irish Wheaten Bread Recipe

Wheaten bread is a popular wholemeal form of soda bread served in Ireland and dates back to approximately 1840 when bicarbonate of soda was first introduced to Ireland.

The Wheaten bread recipe can be served as part of a traditional Irish breakfast or even for afternoon tea. It tastes great when served warm and using butter, jam or cheese on top of each slice.

Ingredients for Irish Wheaten Bread

Many families have their own method of making Wheaten bread and this is our own family traditional recipe.

  • 1 lb wholemeal flour
  • 12 oz plain flour
  • 2 oz rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-pint buttermilk

How to make Wheaten Bread

Mix together the flours, oats, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt and make a well in the centre.

Gradually add just enough of the buttermilk to mix into a soft but not sticky dough and knead lightly until just smooth.

Shape into a 23 cm round, place on a greased baking tray and cut a deep cross in the top.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 1 hour until risen and golden and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base.

Serve in slices with lashings of butter and a good dollop of homemade jam.

Last updated March 2, 2020.

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