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Bran Whole Wheat Soda Bread

This is about the easiest loaf of bread you can make. It involves no yeast or kneading . . . it's quick and a healthy choice, with a nice crunchy, rustic looking crust. Tastes wonderful while still warm, with your favorite topping.

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 - 2 1/4 cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. and grease one 4 1/2" x 8 1/2 " bread pan.
  2. Measure all dry ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Make a well in the center and add 2 cups buttermilk all at once.
  4. Stir to mix. All dry ingredients should be mixed in just so that mixture is slack but not mushy wet. If you need more liquids add a tad more buttermilk.
  5. Add a light dusting of flour and shape into loaf. Lay or press into pan.
  6. Bake at 375° F for 50 minutes, until browned nicely.
  7. Run a knife around the edge and transfer to cooling rack. The crust is hard when you first take it out of the oven, but softens as it cools.

 More Hints:
  • Wheat germ, oat bran and wheat bran are found in the same section as the flour or in the cereal aisle with the oatmeal. For longer lasting freshness, freeze all unused wheat germ, bran and ww flour.
  • You can substitute oat bran for wheat bran, white flour for whole wheat flour.
  • Try to use real buttermilk. If you cannot get it, try a mixture of half milk and half plain yogurt.
  • Slice and freeze any leftover bread within 24 hours, for sandwiches or toasting. Homemade bread does not have the same shelf life as store bought bread.
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  1. that looks fab ... i make soda bead but form a recipe my mum uses except i dont use wholemeal flour as i cant get that here where i live ... but if i could i would defiantly give this a go.... btw i love your blog ... keep up the good work

  2. YUM it looks like another great recipe from you girls. Good work.

  3. Sounds wonderful. I'll make this one next week for my Canada Day get-together! Thanks.

  4. Another hit! I like soda bread, and lately I've been leaning towards mostly whole wheat flour so this is a great one for me to try. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this recipe - it looks delicious! We have been eating quite a lot of soda bread lately as we are currently travelling in Ireland. I can't wait to try this when we return home.

  6. what parts of ireland are you traveling rosella i`m irish ... how do you find it

  7. Wow! All that bran in it should be good for OTHER things, too! LOL

  8. I made the Whole wheat Soda Bread today.
    Very tasty tho I found I really have to make sure the loaf pan is well greased as I had trouble getting it out.
    Also used a pryex pan and probably should have had the Temp at 3.50 instead of 3.75
    Will make it again

  9. Would it be possible to use Flax Seed instead of Wheat Germ?

  10. Kittywicks, I think you could do half wheat germ and half flax seed ... but you don't know until you try it. Here is a site you may like to check

  11. Just put this in the oven - looking forward to it! I hope this site stays around a long time... how would I ever get these recipes that are so great? other than the cookbook- which i have !
    Best- Greg

  12. I made this recipe today! So great thank for sharing. Had a piece with molasses. So good! PS. I did not have any buttermilk so I soured my milk used a couple of tbsp of vinegar. Thanks again, Lisa


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