Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread with Lime Glaze

Top of the Morning to ya! :)

Speaking of the morning..I have had a slice/hunk of this bread for breakfast for the past couple of mornings and my days have been filled with the luck of the Irish (TWO great parking spots, 50% off banana republic coupon, no wait at a popular restaurant, etc. BIG things ya know? :) ). I’m not saying this is magic bread buuuutttt….try it for yourself and see!

There are so many different variations of Irish soda bread – sweet, savory, with dried fruit and without, glaze, no glaze, lots of possibilities out there! I think this bread is a happy medium because while the glaze is sweet, it is also tart with the lime, and the bread itself is not sweet at all and the whole wheat flour makes it really hearty. All those things come together for form a bread that is just as good for breakfast as it is with dinner or as dessert. A tripple threat for all you March Madness maniacs out there (Go Gonzaga!)

OK, time to get down to business…

This bread is very easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes. The first step is to combine lemon juice and milk, whisk together and let sit for 10 minutes. If you have buttermilk on hand you can use that as a substitute and just skip this step. While you are letting the milk sit, combine your dry ingredients with cold butter cut into manageable chunks.

Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands to combine until butter forms small crumbles. Just don’t handle it too much because you don’t want the heat from your hands to melt the butter! Then, pour in the milk and egg.

Stir to combine. Add in chopped dried cherries and stir. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly until you form a ball. Form the dough into about an 8″ round. Using a knife, cut an X in the dough before baking.

As you can see, this isn’t a super wet dough so if you have some flakes in your dough like I do, don’t worry! Bake in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

While the bread is baking, prepare the glaze.

Combine 1 cup powdered sugar with the zest and juice of one lime. Use milk to thin out if necessary. Set aside.

Mmmmmm, smell that? The bread is done! 

Make sure to let the bread cool before pouring on the glaze! You want every bit of it to stick on, not slide right off!

Once you pour the glaze on, let the bread sit for about 30 minutes so the glaze can set. Then slice, rip, tear, bite, whatever you need to do!

Start to finish, this bread takes less than an hour! How great is that?!? I know you are going to love the wheat-y soda bread and the sweet, tart glaze. Add this to your St. Patrick’s day menu and you won’t be disappointed! Plus, you might have some good luck coming your way…bonus!

What are your St. Patrick’s Day Plans?? Do you believe in the Luck of the Irish???


Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread with Lime Glaze

Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray

    • 1 1/3 cups milk
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 cups white flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
    • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • Grated peel and juice of 1 lime
    • Optional: milk to thin glaze




    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/3 cups milk and the lemon juice; let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Rub in the butter until coarse crumbs form, about 3 minutes.
    3. Beat the egg into the milk mixture; stir into the flour mixture until just combined. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until it just comes together. Stir in the cherries. Form into an 8-inch round and place on the prepared baking sheet. Using a knife, score a 1/2-inch-deep “X” in the round. Bake until dark golden and crusty, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
    4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lime peel, and lime juice. Add milk to thin if necessary. Drizzle the cooled soda bread with the lime glaze.


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