By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

A staple in Ireland, this hearty wheat bread is easy to make. It's typically cut into wedges and served with jam.

To make this plant based, use egg and milk substitutes.

Number of servings

Serves 24
  1. DASH diet
  2. Heart-healthy
  3. Weight management
  4. Low-fat
  5. Plant-based
  6. Meatless
  7. Healthy-carb
  8. Diabetes meal plan
  9. Kidney diet


  1. 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and dusting
  3. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  7. 1 egg, lightly beaten


Heat the oven to 400 F. Have ready a nonstick baking sheet.

In a bowl, combine the flours, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend. Add buttermilk and egg and stir just until moistened. The dough will be sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, gently knead it 8 to 10 times. Gather into a loose ball.

On the baking sheet, form the dough into a 7-inch round. Dust the top of dough with a small amount of flour. Cut a large (4-inch) X into the top of the dough, cutting about 1/2 inch deep.

Bake until the bread splits open at the X and makes a hollow sound when the underside is tapped, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 2 hours (ideally) before slicing.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1 slice

  • Total carbohydrate 15 g
  • Dietary fiber 1.5 g
  • Sodium 170 mg
  • Saturated fat Trace
  • Total fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 9 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Monounsaturated fat Trace
  • Calories 85
  • Trans fat Trace
  • Total sugars 1 g
  • Added sugars 0 g

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of a James Beard award.

July 28, 2022