Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread is a breeze to make and so delicious. If you have 5 minutes to spare you can whip up a batch and sit back while it bakes and fills your house with the smell of fresh baked bread.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!! ☘️☘️☘️
Do you have any fun plans to celebrate luck o' the Irish St. Patty's Day today? My mom and nephew are coming to stay with us for the weekend and we're having an everything green party. Remember those Shamrock Sugar Cookies that I frosted green with food dye I made from spinach? Those are part of the party. (and don't judge the spinach part, you don't taste it at all!)
I may whip up a batch of this Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread for tonight, too. Have you ever made bread before? If you haven't (or even if you have), this is the EASIEST bread you will ever make. It's 100% totally foolproof.
Here's the deal:
You're going to grab a large bowl, put the flour, baking soda, salt, and butter in the bowl, then pour in some buttermilk and mix it around. So far so good, right?
Then you're going to put that rough looking dough onto a pan and into your oven and go pour yourself a Guinness. You with me?
Less than an hour later, you'll take the pan out of the oven and pat yourself on the back for making a delicious loaf of homemade bread. 🙌
Here's the deal with Irish soda bread, or in this case Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread … it's ridiculously easy to make and impossible to mess up. I almost feel a little foolish putting EASY in the title of this post, as Irish soda bread is naturally simple to make.
I imagine generations of Irish women making this for their families before tucking into a giant pot of stew. Maybe something like this Chocolate Guinness Crock Pot Beef Stew?
This is a hearty bread that is best eaten warm out of the oven. Unlike store-bought bread that is full of preservatives, or a light and chewy yeast bread from your bakery, this soda bread should be eaten the same day it's made. It's a little picky like that.
If you have leftover bread, you'll definitely want to warm it in your oven before eating it. Trust me on this one.
Even though this magical bread is a little picky about when it likes to be eaten, it's so simple to make that you can literally whip up a batch almost any time you like. Let's give it up for Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread!
If you make this Easy Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- 1 teaspoon neutral flavored oil
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Flaky sea salt, to top
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9" cast iron pan with a little oil. (If you don't have a cast iron pan, use a casserole dish or baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, whisk the whole wheat flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Add the butter and use your fingers to mix it into the flour by rubbing the pieces of butter into the flour until the butter pieces are very fine. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula and then use your hands to bring the dough together. It will feel sticky and very heavy.
- Make a ball out of the dough and then press the top down slightly. Using a knife, score the top with an X 1" deep then place the dough in the oiled pan. Top with a generous pinch of flaky sea salt.
- Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when you knock on the bottom of it. If you have an instant-read thermometer, the internal temperature should be 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Let the soda bread cool for 10 minutes before slathering it in butter and digging in. This bread is best eaten the same day it is made. Warm it in the oven if you eat it a day or two later.