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JILL BAKES | Traditional Northern Irish wheaten bread

This recipe for traditional Northern Irish wheaten bread is the perfect accompaniment for soup or salad - because every meal needs carbs in my opinion! It’s hard to beat homemade wheaten when it’s warm straight out of the oven.

• Quick and easy to make

• High in fibre to help keep you full

• You can reduce/leave out the sugar or use sweetener instead if you prefer

• Keeps for a couple of days in an airtight container and can be toasted or heated in the microwave if it’s gone a little stale

• Uses store-cupboard ingredients so can be made on a whim! My top tip is to keep buttermilk in the freezer so it can be defrosted when you need it.

• Once you make your own you will never want to buy one again!

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer



Makes one 1lb loaf


100g plain flour

125g wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 dessertspoon caster sugar

50g low fat spread or butter

200-250ml buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (180 fan). Line a 1lb loaf tin with a liner or greaseproof paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt, sugar and baking soda. Make a well in the middle.

3. In a small bowl, melt the spread/butter in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

4. Add the melted spread into the well along with the buttermilk - use a knife to mix until it forms a fairly thick mixture. You may not need to use all the buttermilk.

5. Transfer the mixture to the lined tin and use a spatula to spread it into the corners and smooth the top.

6. Bake for 30 minutes on the middle shelf in the oven or until a skewer comes out clean.



Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is both a Foodie and a Dietician, who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 10,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

As a Registered Dietitian, Jill is passionate about inspiring people to enjoy eating healthily, by showing that eating well doesn’t have to boring.

Proving that Dietitians aren’t the ‘food police’, Jill is a believer in moderation and that all foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

Head over INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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