Irish Morning Bread Recipe

Irish Morning Bread Recipe

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

  • Yield:10
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:60 minutes


  • 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.