Irish Wheaten Bread

Authentic and easy Irish wheaten bread made at home. Tangy, filling and perfectly flavoured with oats, brown flour and buttermilk. 

Do you ever wonder what life would be like in a different country or speaking a different language? Imagine living a completely different way of life, it would be so exciting, right? 

Even going to the shops or hairdressers would be like an adventure! Trying new foods and learning about the culture... It would all be so amazing. 

I need to book a plane ticket and travel around the world in 80 days. 

So yes, I know St. Patrick's Day was last week but this recipe is from the Irish side of my family and it is the easiest, quickest and one of the most tastiest breads every created.  Oh, the humble wheaten bread is my savour! Perfectly dense, hearty and delicious, it is great for a hearty white bread alternative with plenty of nutritional value. 

Packed with wholewheat and healthy goodness! 

This bread only contains 5 ingredient and it can be on the table in less than 1 hour. It doesn't even require any kneading or proving. It certainly is the best type of bread to start of baking if you have never made bread before, it is so easy and so rewarding. 

Simply put add of the ingredient into a bowl, mix lightly and shape into a ball and bake! Most wheaten breads have a cross pattern on top as it helps the bread to cook evenly and also encourages the bread to rise. 

Wheaten bread isn't the prettiest bread around but from such humble ingredients, it is amazing how it tastes. I know I am harking on about the taste so much but it is amazing! 

You are probably think, "so, she has talked about wheaten bread, but what is it?" Well, wheaten bread is what my family call brown soda bread! 

Alas, the confusion as lifted!

I enjoy this bread warm or toasted with strawberry jam, or 100% cashew nut butter. The topping slightly melts into the bread making it so divine!

QOTD - where do you want to travel?

Irish Wheaten Bread
Posted by Eve
Makes 1 loaf

  • 300g plain wholewheat flour
  • 75g rolled oats, plus extra to sprinkle
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • Preheat the oven to 220ºc/ 190ºc fan/ gas mark 5 and grease and line a baking tray with baking parchment or use a non-stick silicon liner.
  • In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients apart from the buttermilk. Add the buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon until starting to combine.
  • Tip the dough onto the baking sheet and lightly knead but do not overwork the dough.
  • Mould the dough into a ball and pat down slightly. Slice a cross on the top of the dough and sprinkle on some extra oats.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and risen. 
  • Serve warm with butter or jam. 


This loaf is best eaten on the same day but keep leftovers in the bread bin for up to 2 days. 


  1. I wish I could do an around the world trip. It would be amazing!! I've only really ever been to Paris and everyone spoke so much English. I'd stutter something out in French and they'd reply in English, ha!! Love this bread, I'd eat it all!

    1. That sounds amazing, I have been to Paris recently too and that happened to me exactly!

  2. beautiful. this looks fabulous.


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