Irish Brown Bread is a traditional soda bread recipe made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk and baking soda. A simple, wholesome and delicious bread you can enjoy any time of day. Yields 1 loaf or abut 10 thick slices.

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

What Is Irish Brown Bread?

Irish brown bread is a type of soda bread, meaning this recipe uses baking soda (along with buttermilk) to rise, therefore does not need yeast. It usually consists of whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, butter milk and eggs. Once baked, brown bread can be enjoyed at any meal. It has delicious tang from the buttermilk and the unique texture is due to the chemical reaction of the buttermilk with baking soda.

This one bowl bread recipe is so simple, nearly effortless and will fill your home with an incredible aroma.

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Serve as is or toasted with butter, jam or honey. It’s also a great/ accompaniment to soups and stews.

ingredients for Irish Brown Bread Recipe

To Make This Irish Brown Bread Recipe You Will Need:

  • butter
  • whole wheat flour
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • oats
  • baking soda
  • fine salt
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butter pan

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and use some of it to grease the inside of a 6×9 bread loaf pan and then set both aside. Saving the reminder of the melted butter for the batter.

dry ingredients in bowl

In a mixing bowl measure and add in 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup oats, 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1/2 teaspoons fine salt.

whisk dry ingredients

Whisk to combine and scoot off to the side.

buttermilk and eggs

In a separate bowl, measure and add 2 cups buttermilk (I’m using regular, not low fat) and 2 large eggs.

whisked wet ingredients

Whisk to combine.

pouring wet ingredients into dry.

 Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk and egg mixture.

stir ingredients

Stir until just combined.

pour in melted butter

Pour in the remaining melted butter.

Irish Brown Bread batter

Stir to incorporate.

transfer to prepared pan and sprinkle with oats

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and give it a few firm taps on the counter to settle and remove any air pockets. Smooth the top of the batter with the spatula. Sprinkle with a few pinches of oats.

Bake on the middle rack for 40 minutes.

baked brown bread

After 4o minutes, remove and run a dull knife around the edge of the bread to loosen. Carefully, using oven mitts, invert the bread onto a rimmed sheet pan and flip it right side up. Bake for 10 more minutes.

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Once baked, let cool before slicing and serving.

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

What Do You Serve With Irish Brown Bread?

Irish brown bread can be enjoyed any time of day. Here are a few ways we like to serve it.

How To Store Irish Brown Bread?

Store in a air tight container or re-sealable bag at room temperature.

How Long WilL Irish Brown Bread Last?

If store properly, it should last 4 to 5 day.

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Yield: 10 slices

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Irish Brown Bread is a traditional soda bread recipe made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk and baking soda. A simple, wholesome and delicious bread you can enjoy any time of day. Yields 1 loaf or abut 10 thick slices.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Use a pastry brush to grease the inside of a 6x9 bread loaf pan. Set remaining butter off to the side.
  • In a large bowl, measure and add flours, oats, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine. Use a spatula to create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Set off tot he side for a moment.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, measure and add buttermilk and eggs. Whisk to combine and pour into the well of the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to mix until just about combined. Pour in the remaining melted butter and stir to incorporate.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and give it a few firm taps on the counter to settle and remove any air pockets. Smooth the top of the batter with the spatula. Sprinkle with a few pinches of oats.
  • Bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove and run a dull knife around the edge of the bread to loosen. Carefully, using oven mitts, invert the bread onto a rimmed sheet pan and flip it right side up. Bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Let cool before slicing and serving with softened salted butter.
  • Store in an air-tight container or large re-sealable bag at room temperature for 4 to 5 days.

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 1slice, Calories: 151kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 343mg, Potassium: 159mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 205IU, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 1mg

Irish Brown Bread Recipe