Wheaten bread

Depending where you are from this may be known by a different name. in Belfast it's called wheaten bread. In some other parts of Ireland and England it's called soda bread. Regardless of what you call it this is super easy to make and so delicious and will soon become a favourite.


  • 250g bread flour (if you can't get bread flour you can use plain flour)

  • 300g plain wholemeal flour

  • 50g porridge oats

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 25g butter, cut into pieces

  • 450ml buttermilk (If you dont have buttermilk add a few drops of lemon

juice to normal milk)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C

  2. Dust a baking sheet with flour

  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter.

  4. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a metal spoon.

  5. You should have quite a sticky dough.

  6. Put some flour on to your hands so the dough doesn't stick and shape it gently into a flat, round loaf on the baking tray (you can use a loaf tin if you prefer).

  7. Score a deep cross in the top.

  8. Bake for 25-30 mins until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.