Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Total Time
57 min
12 min
45 min
Irish soda bread celebrates this quick-and-easy heartiness: here's a raisin-and-caraway studded loaf with no fuss and big taste.


low-fat buttermilk

¾ cup(s)

canola oil

2 Tbsp

all-purpose flour

1 cup(s)

whole wheat flour

1 cup(s)

golden seedless raisins


caraway seeds

4 tsp

baking soda

1 tsp

baking powder

½ tsp

table salt

½ tsp

cooking spray

1 spray(s)

all-purpose flour

1 tsp


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk and oil in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole-wheat flour, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk mixture with a wooden spoon until thoroughly moistened.
  4. Dust a clean, dry work surface with the remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Turn the dough out onto work surface and knead for 30 seconds, just until it coheres. Shape into a round loaf about 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. Use a sharp knife or a new razor blade to cut an "x" about 1/2 inch deep in the top of the loaf.
  5. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, place the loaf on it, and bake until lightly browned and crusty, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.


Baking soda was the boon to home-bakers in the late eighteenth century. No more yeast!

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