Perfectly Moist Irish Wheaten Bread


This Irish wheaten bread is so easy to make and comes out perfectly every time. My husband, a native Northern Irishman, loves this bread with a bowl of tomato and lentil soup or with butter and cheese or jelly. I hope you will enjoy it too!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
1 loaf


  • cooking spray

  • 2 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup bread flour

  • 3 teaspoons white sugar, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

  • ¼ cup margarine

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a shallow baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Sift both flours, 2 teaspoons sugar, salt, and baking soda together into a bowl. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in 2 cups buttermilk and oil; stir with a spatula until dry mixture is completely moistened.

  3. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently for no more than 1 minute. Place dough into the prepared pan; pat down and around to form a round loaf. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf with your finger. Brush the top with 1 tablespoon buttermilk, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), then rotate the pan and bake for 30 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 555mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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