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Irish Whole Wheat Soda Bread

Irish Soda Whole Wheat Bread is my whole wheat version of the Irish Soda Bread which is a quick bread, which uses baking soda as the leavening agent.  This Irish Soda Bread is my goto easy, quick yet fancy bread recipe. Looks like a beautiful Artisan loaf and needs no rising time, no kneading. Can you ask for anything else?
Course breads
Cuisine irish
Servings 2 small


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (360gms)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (125 gms)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder double acting
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  • Pre heat the oven to 190C
  • Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well so that the baking powder and baking soda are well distributed through the dough.
  • Add enough buttermilk (start with 1.5 cups and use till 2 cups if needed) to make a dough which is soft but yet holds shape.
  • Knead the dough on the floured counter for 2-3 minutes until it is smooth and doesn't have large dough lumps. This doesn't need gluten formation so there is no need to knead a lot,
  • Shape the dough into two rounds (or if you prefer one large). Place the rounds on a well greased cookie sheet or a Silpat (I absolutely adore this product for baking, breads or cookies. This is one of the must have items in your kitchen if you bake). Using a sharp kitchen knife or a blade, mark cuts on top of the bread. Either mark three cuts or a cross in the middle, this is made so that the air can escape while the bread is baking
  • Place the cookie sheet/silpat in the middle rack of the oven and bake till 25-35 minutes till the loaf is browned and a tap at the bottom sounds hollow. If you are baking in one large loaf it might take up to 45 minutes or so to bake.
  • Let it cool completely before slicing. Serve toasted or sliced with jam, pesto or soups.


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