Northern Style Irish Wheaten Bread

Although I love fadge, wheaten bread comes a close second. But it has to be northern style.  What do I mean by northern style? Well, this is not your typical soda bread recipe – it’s packed with nutritious ingredients like whole wheat (also known as whole meal) flour and steel cut oats (known in Ireland as pinhead oats) is slightly sweet and and has a crumbly consistency unlike other soda breads I’ve made.  It’s so hearty that it makes a great breakfast all on its own but it’s also part of the traditional Ulster Fry. 
irish wheaten bread.PEF
I often sprinkle steel cut oats on top of the batter for an extra crunch.
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I buy my steel cut oats at Trader Joe’s. You can also order them from Bob’s Red Mill.
irish wheaten bread batter 2.PEF The batter will be loose.  Be careful not to over mix it.
Many wheaten bread recipes don’t call for an egg, but since this one does and I’m happy with the result, I think I’ll stick with it.
irish wheaten bread batter.PEF
I used three small loaf pans rather than the one called for in the recipe – thinking I might freeze some (yeah, right).   
irish wheaten bread.PEF
It’s tasty in so many ways – but I think my favorite way to eat wheaten bread is to toast it and spread some KerryGold butter on top…perfection.

11 comments :

Ideal Living said...

Looks healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Meri said...

I'll have to try this recipe. My traditional Irish soda bread calls for white flour. It's yummy, but not particularly nutritious.

shirley said...

Oh, this looks SO yummy! Fabulous photography. Thanks for the comments on my blog, and I'll be stopping by again to try out these recipes.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Does it taste more like a cake bread or a bread bread? I would like to try this recipe bcos it's very interesting.

Elizabeth said...

Meri - glad you stopped by - would love to hear how yours comes out!

The Cooking Ninja - it doesn't taste sweet like cake; it's dense, but has a slight crumb to it. Try it - you won't be disappointed!

Elizabeth said...

Shirley - thanks for your visit! I am happy with the photos, too...I am enjoying the photography as much as the baking!

Kate at Serendipity said...

What beautiful bread! I sometimes try to make Irish Soda bread at home, but I just can't get the flour here in Belgium. At least that's my excuse...

This is so interesting with the steel cut oats on top. GORGEOUS.

Country Girl said...

I have a thing for bread. And oh, my my my. Your bread and your photography are giving me a thrill! Lilacs do, too:
http://katespictureaday.blogspot.com/2009/04/lilac-mosaic-by-kyoungphotography-on.html

(thanks for coming by my blog)

Elizabeth said...

hi Kate - no whole wheat flour? Wow! Maybe you could order it online? I'm glad you stopped by...btw, I've sent you an e-mail about another topic.
Hope to see you back here...I'm off to check out your site..

Karinsdiego said...

Just got back to the states from Randalstown two days ago, brought back 3 wee loafs of wheaten.  I am enjoying a piece and a cup of tea at the very moment!  I LOVE this bread, ate a wee piece every morning toasted.  I will be trying your recipe!!!

aelish said...

Hi Karin - I hope you had a fantastic trip! The wheaten bread is addictive, isn't it? I love it toasted, too. Sometimes I toast it lightly, butter it and then put some good Irish cheddar cheese on top and place it under the broiler for a minute or two. Heaven. Let me know how the recipe works for you. :)