Wholemeal Soda Bread

Wholemeal Soda Bread
Wholemeal Soda Bread

After the success of my first attempt at soda bread, I thought I’d spend this morning experimenting with a wholemeal version.  I occasionally buy Ian Rankin Brown Soda Bread (when it is reduced in price) and my loaf turned out pretty similar – but doesn’t contain the added preservatives, emulsifier and colour of the shop-bought version.  It’s simple to do, cheap and made the house smell amazing.  Make one of your own now!


  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 250g strong wholemeal bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 400 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


Pre-heat oven to Gas 6/200°C/180°C Fan. Whisk the milk and lemon juice in a jug and leave for a few minutes.  Sift the flours and bicarb into a bowl then add the salt.  Pour most of the liquid over the flour and quickly mix with a spatula.  (Add more liquid if it seems dry, a touch more flour if it’s very sticky.)  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead briefly – it only needs to come together as a rough ball – then pop onto a floured baking tray.  Sprinkle with more flour, cut a deep cross in the surface and bake for 30-40 minutes.  It should be golden brown and the bottom will sound hollow when tapped.

I tried some warm with Marmite for breakfast and with creamy Camembert, apple and pear for lunch: both winning combinations 🙂

Wholemeal soda bread with Camembert
Wholemeal soda bread with Camembert

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