Irish Whole Wheat Soda Bread

An Irish must-have every March 17th for St. Patrick's Day!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 loaf


  • cooking spray

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or an 8- or 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

  2. Sift whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together until well combined. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough that's firm enough to hold its shape.

  3. Knead on a lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and velvety, 2 to 3 minutes. It will seem very crumbly for a while until everything gets incorporated.

  4. Form into a round loaf and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Cut a cross on the top of the loaf with a very sharp, floured knife. (The cross is a characteristic of soda bread.)

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when you tap on it, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

182 Calories
1g Fat
38g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 901mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 215mg 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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