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Irish Brown Bread

A classic bread recipe from Ireland

Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1 loaf)
Calories 223 kcal
Author Michelle


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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Brown Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 289mg13%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.