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Irish Wheaten Bread (Brown Soda Bread)

Contributed by Shauna


  • 200 g plain / all purpose flour
  • 200 g wholemeal flour
  • 300 ml buttermilk
  • Level teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar optional
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 150C.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together plain flour, wholemeal flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
  • Pour in buttermilk and mix until combined.
  • Tip it out onto a floured work surface and knead slightly till combined.
  • Then form into a ball, and place on lightly greased baking pan.
  • Score bread using a knife.
  • Bake for 60-75 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.


You can use all plain flour instead of mixing 50/50.
We spread some cream cheese on the sliced up bread, topped it with smoked salmon, a little spritz of lemon, and garnished with fresh dill.