Irish Brown Bread

March 11, 2024
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, try this traditional staple in Irish cuisine known for its hearty texture and nutty flavor.







- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 450F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the whole wheat and all purpose flours, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. With a spoon, or your hands, mix everything together until a sticky dough forms. You can add a small splash of extra liquid if your dough seems too dry.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it about 4-5 times until it is a bit smoother and less sticky.
  5. Roughly shape the dough into a fat disk about 8 inches across. With a sharp knife, cut two slashes, about 1/4" deep, into the top of the loaf in the shape of an X. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 400F and bake for 15-20 more minutes. The bread should be puffed up, golden brown, and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom when done.
  7. Allow to cool on a baking rack before slicing.

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