Have you ever made Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread? It’s a really quick and easy type of bread to make. although it doesn’t keep very well, so is best eaten up shortly after it is baked.
Soda Bread is ideal to eat with soup like my Easy Scottish Red Lentil Soup , stews (Irish or otherwise), or with a cheeseboard. If you do have some left over, it also makes brilliant toast!
How is Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread different from ordinary bread?
You use yeast and strong flour to make ordinary bread like my Easy Sourdough Bread above. To make Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread you use bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk as the raising agents.
Soda Bread is very similar to a scone mixture. In this recipe I use wholemeal spelt flour and ancient grains, this means that it is easier to digest. These flours make delicious bread, scones, and cakes. Use ordinary wholemeal flour if you don’t have any spelt or ancient grains.
Traditional Irish Bread Ingredients
I add a little black treacle (molasses) in the mix and some rolled oats, this gives the soda bread a lovely flavour. These ingredients are more traditional to include in an Irish Brown Bread but work really well in this loaf.
Bake in an Air Fryer
I bake my Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer.
The Air Fryer takes just 3 minutes to pre-heat, and the soda bread is baked perfectly with a crisp and crunchy top and soft inside.
The Optimum HealthyFry is a great air fryer but it also works really well as a mini-oven.
More about the Optimum HealthyFry
Read my review of the Optimum HealthyFry to find out more about this versatile piece of kitchen kit.
Bake Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in the Oven
Make the Soda Bread in the oven if you don’t have an airfryer or you have the oven on for other bakes. Find the insturctions in the recipe card.
More Soda Bread Recipes
Wholemeal Cheddar and Chutney Soda Bread with Cider from Fab Food 4 All
Cinnamon Carrot Soda Bread from Veggie Desserts
Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Soda Bread from Fab Food 4 All
How are you planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Why not try making some Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s just so delicious, you will want to make it again and again.
Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread
- 200 g Wholemeal or Spelt Flour
- 100 g plain white flour
- 50 g rolled oats
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black treacle or molasses
- 250 ml buttermilk
- Preheat the Healthy Fry and grease and flour the baking tin which comes with the air fryer.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then make a well in the centre, add the treacle or molasses and the buttermilk and draw in the flour until you have a soft dough.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape into a round. Make a deep cross in the top of the dough and place in the baking tin.
- Place into the Healthy Fry and set the temperature to 195C for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180C and bake for a further 20 – 25 minutes.
- Remove from the tin and put on a cooling tray. Serve with butter or on it’s own with homemade soup.
- Preheat the oven to 250C
- Once you have made the dough, place on a floured baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 200C and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.