Delicious Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I want to share with you my take on the beloved traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe, but with a twist – using whole grain ingredients for added nutrition and flavor. This recipe combines the simplicity and rustic charm of Irish baking with the health benefits of whole grains. Trust me, this is no ordinary bread, with its hearty texture and sweet, nutty flavor that can satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’m always exploring different ingredients and flavors that offer a healthier choice without sacrificing taste. The use of whole wheat flour instead of refined flour is one such choice that I highly recommend. Whole grain flour retains all of the valuable nutrients from the kernel of the wheat, including fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while processed flour loses many of these nutrients during refinement.

Furthermore, this Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe is incredibly simple to make – no yeast or rising time required! A few simple ingredients, a little bit of elbow grease, and you’ll have a freshly baked loaf of bread in no time. All it takes are some key tips and tricks to get it right.

So let’s get started and show you how easy it is to create a scrumptious Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread to share with your friends and family. Get ready for that magical aroma of baking bread to fill your kitchen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread
Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Listen up, foodies! I’m here to tell you about a recipe that will change the way you think about bread. This whole grain Irish soda bread recipe is not your average bread. It’s got a unique texture and flavor that’s sure to make your taste buds dance with joy.

Now, let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe. First and foremost, it’s all about the ingredients. We’re using whole wheat flour, which is packed with fiber and nutrients that are great for your body. And we’re not stopping there – we’re also using buttermilk, which gives the bread a rich, tangy flavor that’s nothing short of amazing.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the soda bread technique. We’re using baking soda as our leavening agent instead of yeast, which means that we don’t have to wait for the dough to rise. This makes for an easy, foolproof recipe that’s perfect for both beginner and experienced bakers.

And the results? A loaf of bread that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – just how I like it. The nutty, wholesome flavor of the whole wheat flour is balanced out by the salty goodness of sea salt, making for a satisfying and delicious bite every time.

So why will you love this recipe? Easy – it’s healthy, delicious, and foolproof. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast or a snack to take on-the-go, this whole grain Irish soda bread recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. Plus, it pairs perfectly with coffee or tea! What more could you want? Give it a try and see for yourself – I promise, you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 This Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread is hearty and delicious
This Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread is hearty and delicious

Let’s take a look at the ingredient list you need for this delicious Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe:
Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 cups buttermilk (whole or low-fat)

Note: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, don’t worry – you can make your own by mixing regular milk with some vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens before using.

Optional: Add-ins

Want to give your bread an extra boost of flavor and texture? Try adding some of these optional add-ins to the dough before baking:
– 1 cup dried fruit (such as raisins or cranberries)
– 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)

Tip: Feel free to experiment with different types of nuts and fruits to find your perfect combination.

Ingredient Substitutions

Here are some ingredient substitutions if you need to make adjustments based on dietary restrictions or preferences:
– All-purpose flour can be replaced with white whole wheat flour, pastry flour or King Arthur’s Irish-style flour.
– Granulated sugar can be replaced with brown sugar or honey.
– Buttermilk can be replaced with plain yogurt or sour cream.

Note: Using different ingredients may affect the final texture and flavor of the bread, so make sure to adjust measurements as needed.

The Recipe How-To

 Irish Soda Bread is a simple quick bread that is perfect on its own or as a side during a meal
Irish Soda Bread is a simple quick bread that is perfect on its own or as a side during a meal

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare the pan

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix them together with a whisk or fork.

Step 3: Add the Buttermilk

Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in 2 cups of buttermilk. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to stir until you have a soft, sticky dough.

Step 4: Form The Dough

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Knead it gently for about one minute until it forms into a round shape.

Step 5: Cut an X-Shaped Slit on Top

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X-shaped slit into the top of the dough about ½ inch deep. This will help it rise evenly during baking.

Step 6: Bake The Bread

Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it from underneath.

Step 7: Cool and Serve

When baked, remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Once cooled around for about half an hour, slice your Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread and serve with butter or any other toppings you like!

Enjoy that freshly baked aroma filling the air as you made this traditionally delicious Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe from scratch!

Substitutions and Variations

 I love to cut a slice and toast it up for breakfast
I love to cut a slice and toast it up for breakfast

If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try with this whole grain Irish soda bread recipe.

Firstly, you could try using different types of flour such as white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for a slightly lighter texture. You can also experiment with bulgur wheat or wheat germ for a nuttier flavor.

If you’re looking to make the bread sweeter, you can mix in some granulated sugar or brown sugar. Alternatively, if you prefer a savory bread, add in some herbs like rosemary or thyme to the dough.

For those who are lactose intolerant or interested in vegan alternatives, you can substitute the buttermilk with almond milk or soy milk mixed with apple cider vinegar to get the tangy acidity needed for the soda bread.

If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, replace any wheat ingredients with a gluten-free alternative like almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

The possibilities are endless so feel free to experiment and find your favorite variation of this traditional Irish soda bread recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 The bread is crusty on the outside and tender on the inside
The bread is crusty on the outside and tender on the inside

This Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread is a delicious and hearty bread that can be enjoyed in many ways. Try serving it with creamy butter or jam for a sweet and savory breakfast option. You can also pair it with a bowl of soup or stew for a filling and satisfying meal.

For a more unique take, I recommend using this bread to make sandwiches. The dense texture of the bread pairs well with savory meats and cheeses, while the whole grain adds a wholesome flavor that complements most fillings.

If you’re looking for something sweet, try serving this bread with honey or maple syrup for an added touch of sweetness. Alternatively, top it with fresh fruit or whipped cream for a dessert-like treat.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Its versatility makes it perfect for any occasion, whether you’re serving it at breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack on-the-go. So go ahead and experiment with different pairings to find your perfect combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Whole wheat flour gives the bread a nutty flavor and hearty texture
Whole wheat flour gives the bread a nutty flavor and hearty texture

Once you have baked the Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread, it is important to know how to store and reheat it properly to maintain its flavor and texture. Fortunately, this rustic bread keeps well for several days if stored correctly.

Firstly, if you want to save time on the day of your dinner or lunch, you can prepare this bread ahead of time. The best way to do this is to put the finished dough in an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to one day. When you’re ready to bake the bread, take the dough out of the fridge and bring it back to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.

After baking, let the bread cool completely on a wire rack before storing or serving. To store it, wrap the cooled loaf tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container that has been lined with paper towels. This helps absorb excess moisture that can cause the bread to become soggy.

If you want to keep your Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread fresh for extended periods, you can freeze it for up to two months. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in another layer of aluminum foil. To defrost, let it sit at room temperature until thawed or reheat directly from frozen.

When reheating this bread, preheat your oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Remove any wrapping or packaging from the bread and place it directly on a baking sheet or oven-safe dish, lightly misted with water. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. Uncover for the last few minutes of cooking to crisp up the crust.

Remember to store your Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread at room temperature as opposed to refrigerating it as refrigeration tends to make the bread go stale quickly; that’s not something we want! The bread will slightly harden after a day or two, but it will still taste great – especially when toasted.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy the Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread for days after baking it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The blend of flours gives the bread a beautiful golden color
The blend of flours gives the bread a beautiful golden color

When it comes to making the perfect Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread, there are a few tips that can take your recipe from good to great. Here are some helpful tips for achieving delicious results:

1. Be mindful of your dough consistency.

It’s important to get the right balance of wet and dry ingredients when making soda bread. Be sure not to overmix, as this can make your bread tough. On the other hand, if your dough feels too dry, add a little more buttermilk or water, a tablespoon at a time until you get the proper consistency.

2. Use fresh ingredients.

Fresh ingredients make all the difference in baking. Make sure your baking soda and baking powder are both fresh and haven’t expired. Also, use freshly milled whole wheat flour for best results.

3. Score the bread before baking.

Scoring the top of the bread with a sharp knife before baking helps to release steam and allows the bread to rise properly. It also gives soda bread that traditional cross-shaped pattern.

4. Bake with steam.

When baking soda bread, adding steam during the first 10 minutes of baking can help create a nice crust while keeping the bread moist inside. You can do this by placing a cast-iron skillet at the bottom of your oven and then pouring boiling water into it right after putting your dough in.

5. Let your bread cool completely.

It may be tempting to slice into your freshly baked bread right away, but give it time to cool first. This will help it retain its shape and avoid crumbling.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread that’s irresistible. Have fun experimenting with different variations and ingredients to create your own unique twist on this classic recipe!

Bottom Line


There you have it, my recipe for whole grain Irish soda bread using simple yet wholesome ingredients. This is a bread recipe that you can easily make at home and enjoy the authentic flavor of Irish soda bread any time you want.

Baking bread from scratch may seem intimidating, but with this recipe, it is easy and rewarding. The aroma of fresh baking bread wafting through your kitchen is worth the small amount of time and effort required. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, my tips and tricks will help guarantee perfect results every time.

This recipe is versatile and customizable to suit your taste preferences. You can add nuts, raisins, or even seeds for additional texture and flavor. The possibilities are endless.

Now that you have this whole grain Irish soda bread recipe in your arsenal, don’t hesitate to make it a regular part of your home cooking routine. Your friends and family will appreciate the homemade goodness and heartiness of this traditional Irish staple.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try, and enjoy some delicious homemade whole grain Irish soda bread with a cup of tea or coffee. Sláinte!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This super easy and quick to make soda bread tastes lovely and is the perfect accompaniement to soup or stew or some hearty cheese. I like that there is neither sugar nor fat in this recipe and it still comes out moist and yummy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch, Easy, European, From Scratch, Quick Breads
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 small loaf
Calories 833.4kcal


  • 225 g whole wheat flour (I used whole spelt flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 175 ml buttermilk, might need more (low fat)


  • In a big bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center.
  • Add buttermilk and stir to combine. Knead into a smooth, shaggy dough. If the dough is too wet, add more flour, if it is too dry, add a tad more buttermilk.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll into a ball. Place on a paper-lined baking sheet and slightly pat down.
  • Make a cross on top using a sharp knife. Sprinkle some flour on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C/400°F for about 25 minutes checking in near the end to prevent overbrowning. If a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, it is ready. Alternatively you can tap it on the bottom and if it sounds hollow, it is ready.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • This is best eaten the day it is made, but will keep wrapped in a clean tea towel for a few days.


Serving: 409g | Calories: 833.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 169.8g | Protein: 35.5g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 7.2mg | Sodium: 2298.7mg | Fiber: 24g | Sugar: 9.5g

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