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Recipe for Whole Wheat Bread - Irish Soda Bread

Updated on December 13, 2010

I love baking bread, but I don't always have the time to make a yeast bread, nor do I have all the ingredients to make some of the fancier no-yeast breads out there.  I am also a huge fan of whole wheat bread, and have searched for ages to find a simple recipe for 100% whole wheat bread that actually rises nicely and tastes good.

The recipe below for Irish whole wheat soda bread is ridiculously easy to make, plus requires only whole wheat flour, baking soda, milk, and salt.  It can be made in well under an hour and requires minimal mixing and almost no kneading.  I hope you give it a try - and enjoy the resulting loaf as much as I do!

The finished loaf
The finished loaf


The original article from which I adapted this recipe suggested that raisins or currants might also be added for some extra flavor.  Also, the original recipe called for ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt, whereas I use ¼ of a teaspoon, so if you prefer something with less salt, just go back to that original suggested measurement.  Finally, the original recipe called for low fat milk; I used nonfat and it came out just fine, but if you’d prefer to have a slightly richer bread, go for the 2% - or even whole!


This recipe is fabulous in that you are extremely likely to have all the necessary ingredients on hand, even if you haven't been to a market in ages!


  • 480 grams whole wheat flour (4 cups)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 12 ounces (1.5 cups) milk (I used nonfat)


  • Mixing bowl

  • Spoon

  • Knife

  • Bread pan

  • Oven

Cutting the cross into the dough
Cutting the cross into the dough


1. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl

2. Reserve a heaping tablespoon of the flour for the final stage

3. Add the milk and mix (you’ll end up with a rather wet dough)

4. Dust a board or clean surface with the flour you reserved

5. Turn your dough onto it and knead it into a rounded loaf shape

6. Put your loaf into a buttered or greased bread pan

7. Cut a cross along the center of the loaf

8. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes (depends on your oven)


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    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I think buttermilk would work just fine, Robert!

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      robert 5 years ago

      can I use Butter Milk if so how much do I use.

      Many Thanks

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks so much chan0512! I hope your friend enjoys it :D

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      chan0512 7 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Looks tasty! I'll forward this to my friend. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, me too! You are most welcome!!

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      Peter Allison 7 years ago from Alameda, CA

      I love Irish soda bread - thanks for the recipe!