Perfectly moist Irish wheaten bread

    1 hour 15 min

    I came up with this recipe for wheaten bread because I really enjoy the density of the bread, but prefer it to be a little less dry. My husband loves this bread with a bowl of tomato and lentil soup or with butter and cheese or with marmalade. It really is so easy to make and comes out perfectly every time! I hope you will enjoy it too!

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    Serves: 10 

    • 140g bread flour
    • 350g wholemeal flour
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons caster sugar (optional)
    • 60g butter
    • 450ml buttermilk
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (gas mark 6). Lightly flour a baking tray or 23x12cm loaf tin. Sift together the bread flour, wholemeal flour, salt, bicarb of soda, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the oil and buttermilk. Stir with a spatula until dry mixture is completely moistened. Move the dough to a lightly-floured surface. Lightly knead the dough for no more than 1 minute. Shape and place the dough on a baking tray (or into the prepared tin). Cut a cross into the top of the loaf with your finger. Brush the top with milk or buttermilk.
    2. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 180 degrees C (gas 4); rotate tin and bake another 30 minutes.
    3. Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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    A delicious soda bread that came out perfectly textured, not too dense or heavy. Definitely try this recipe!  -  17 Mar 2009


    This may actually be the best bread I've ever had! Deliciously moist, almost doughy inside, but very light and with a lovely crunchy crust. I added 50g of porridge oats and it was lovely. We ate about half the loaf straight out of the oven! So quick to make as well. Two thumbs up!  -  20 Mar 2010


    This was a fantastic bread. I've made numerous brown bread recipes but none compare to this! Moist and tasty and remained fresh tasting for a few days. Love it  -  17 Jun 2011