Auntie Bessie's Recipe for Irish Wheaten Bread

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Irish Wheaten Bread at Kiltariff Hall

Catherine from Kiltariff Hall shares with us a recipe that never stops to impress all her guests! It is often times the main topic of conversation as guests sit to their breakfast in the dining room. It is so good that you get up from breakfast eager to arrive down for breakfast again tomorrow morning! The perfect partner for your Ulster fry!

This is my Auntie Bessie’s recipe for Irish Wheaten Bread . There are many recipes but this is my favourite for taste and texture . I have met many people who call this Soda Bread probably because it contains Baking Soda ,however it is definitely Wheaten Bread which is made with course wholemeal flour.


700g Coarse Wholemeal flour ( you can also use half medium wholemeal and half coarse wholemeal)

3 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

Handful of porridge oats

1 pint (500ml) buttermilk


Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add the buttermilk and mix until it becomes a sticky consistency.

There is enough to make 2 loaves so divide the mixture into 2 loaf tins and bake in the oven at 200C, 400F or Gas Mark 6 for 45 mins

Leave to cool