Irish Morning Bread

A dense whole wheat oatmeal bread is studded with golden raisins and topped with sugar.

Irish Morning Bread

About This Recipe

Active time:20 minutes
Total time:60 minutes
Special equipment:baking sheet
This recipe appears in: Wake and Bake: Irish Morning Bread


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • Granulated or raw sugar for sprinkling


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a baking sheet. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. 2

    Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to rub butter into flour mixture. Add buttermilk and stir until dough forms. Stir in oats until evenly distributed. Mix in raisins.

  3. 3

    Form dough into a ball and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle top of loaf with sugar.

  4. 4

    Bake loaf until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes.


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