Soda Bread

Yield:  approximately 1 (8-inch) loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading surface
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, oats and salt. Pour in most of the buttermilk and mix well, adding more buttermilk, if needed, to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn out onto a floured surface and lightly knead into a shapeable dough. Avoid overworking the dough. Shape the dough into a round disk shaped loaf and cut a deep “X” in the top with a sharp knife.
  4. Put the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake another 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven to a cutting board.
  6. Cool slightly before cutting and enjoy warm!