Wheaten bread

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Wholemeal flour soda bread, known as wheaten bread in Northern Ireland, is traditionally made with wholemeal flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. It is usually a savoury loaf, but can be made with raisins, nuts, eggs, etc. This is the savoury version.

Wheaten bread
Servings:Servings: 10 - Makes 1 loaf
Calories per serving:182
Ready in:50 minutes plus cooling time
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:4th October 2012

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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - gas 7)


  1. Sift both the flours, salt, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and oats (if using) in a large bowl.
  2. Add buttermilk and mix to a dough with your hands, stopping as soon as it feels pliable. Over-kneading will result in a heavy loaf.
  3. Shape into a ball.
  4. Place onto a greased baking tray or use Bake-O-Glide.
  5. Cut a deep cross in the top of the loaf so it will create four large crusts as it rises and bakes.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Loosely cover with tin-foil if the crust looks too brown.
  8. The bread is properly baked when it sounds hollow if tapped on the base.
  9. Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve warm with lots of butter.

Chef's notes

Make this immediately the dough has been kneaded. The rising effect of the bicarbonate of soda only lasts for a short time so if you delay the result will be a heavy dense loaf.

Use bicarbonate of soda, not baking powder.

See here for various ways of making your own buttermilk. I think the best way is to make your own cheese!

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