Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

Servings 8 servings (1 loaf)
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Author: Michelle

A classic bread recipe from Ireland


  • 1
    + 1½ teaspoons whole wheat flour
  • ½
    + 1½ teaspoons wheat bran
    (oat bran or wheat germ, or a combination)
  • 2
    all-purpose flour
  • ¾
    baking soda
  • ½
  • 2
    unsalted butter
    (cold and cut into small pieces)
  • cups
  • 1


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and put it on the center oven rack.
  2. 2. Whisk together the whole wheat flour and wheat/oat bran or wheat germ in a large bowl.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wheat flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  4. 4. Add the butter pieces and rub them into small pieces with the flour mixture using your fingers, until as small as possible.
  5. 5. Stir in the buttermilk and molasses until the dough is uniformly damp. Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead gently, until the dough forms a smooth ball.
  6. 6. Use a sharp serrated knife (or a lame) to slice a cross deeply into the top of the bread, about 1-inch deep. Place the loaf on the hot baking sheet.
  7. 7. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the loaf is firm on top and when you tap the bottom, feels hollow.
  8. 8. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about one hour before serving.


Calories: 223kcal
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 11mg
Sodium: 289mg
Potassium: 194mg
Carbohydrates: 39g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 7g
Vitamin A: 150%
Calcium: 57%
Iron: 2.4%

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