Irish Brown Bread

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Irish brown bread is a hearty Irish soda bread sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. It’s so easy to throw together. No rising is involved so you can bake up a fresh loaf of bread in no time.

The easy bread recipe is the perfect accompaniment for hearty soups like; Split Pea and Ham or Black Bean with Ham.

brown soda bread with fresh butter

This Irish brown bread recipe is easy to make, tender, and full of hearty flavor. This is a great recipe for any St.Patrick’s day meal, but it’s just as good slathered with fresh butter and served with a hearty weeknight dinner.

Ingredients For Irish Brown Soda Bread

ingredients to make brown soda bread
  • whole wheat flour
  • white flour
  • rolled oats
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • molasses

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C)
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and sugar, in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. Combine the molasses and the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the flour and mix using a large wooden spoon or spatula.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough about 8 times. It will be a slightly sticky dough.
  6. Shape the dough into one or two rounds and transfer them to your prepared baking sheet.
  7. Top with oats. Sprinkle the dough with a few tablespoons of oats if desired.
  8. Cut a large X in the dough. Cut through the dough using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, and cut a large deep cross over the top of the loaf. This step allows steam to escape during the cooking process.
  9. Bake the bread for 20 minutes at 425°F (220°C).
  10. Check for doneness. When the dough is done, the loaves will have a hollow sound. The internal temp will be 200℉
  11. Cool. Allow the loaves to cool on a wire rack.
loaves of bread cooling on a wire rack

Check For Doneness

  • For two small loaves: Check for doneness: The internal temperature of the bread should be about 200°F (93°C). If the loaves need a bit more time, reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and continue to bake for another few minutes. Most of the time, my small loaves only need 20 minutes.
  • For one large loaf: Check for doneness: The internal temperature of the bread should be about 200°F (93°C). If the loaf needs more time, reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove the soda bread from the oven and let it cool completely (about 30 minutes) before slicing and serving.
inside texture of brown soda bread

Expert Tips

Flour selection 

  • Soda bread is traditionally made with soft wheat flour. Soft wheat flour is low in gluten protein and produces a very tender crumb.
  • I chose to use cake flour and pastry flour in this recipe because it is also low in gluten.
  • All-purpose flour is also fine to use in the recipe.
  • Wholemeal flour adds flavor and texture to this hearty bread. You can adjust the amount to your taste.
  • Make sure to keep the total amount of flour equal to 2 ¾ cups

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Irish brown bread made of?

Irish brown bread is made with soft wheat flour, baking soda, buttermilk, brown sugar, molasses, and rolled oats.

What is the difference between Irish brown bread and Irish Soda Bread?

Irish brown bread is sweetened with brown sugar and molasses.

What do you eat with Irish brown bread?

Irish soda bread is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty stew. It also makes delicious toast when served for breakfast.

buttered irish soda bread

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slice4 of irish soda bread with butter

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Are you looking for an easy and delicious bread recipe? Look no further than this soda bread recipe! This bread is perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Plus, it's so easy to make that even novice cooks can create a masterpiece. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 151 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ¾ cups white pastry flour or all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting your work surface
  • ½ cup rolled, old fashioned oats, more for sprinkling on the top
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C)
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  • Combine the flours, the oats, the baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk together.
  • Combine the molasses and the buttermilk. Add this mixture to the flour and mix using a large wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add a few tablespoons of flour to your work surface and turn out the bread dough.
  • Knead the dough about 8 times. It will be slightly sticky.
  • Shape the dough into one or two rounds and transfer them to your prepared baking sheet.
  • Cut through the dough using a large knife or a pastry cutter, cut a large deep cross over the top of the bread. This step allows steam to escape during the cooking process.
  • Bake the bread for 20 minutes at 425°F (220°C).
  • For two small loaves: Check for doneness: The internal temperature of the bread should be about 200°F (93°C). If the loaves need a bit more time reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and continue to bake for another few minutes.
    Most of the time, my small loaves only need 20 minutes.
  • For one large loaf: Check for doneness: The internal temperature of the bread should be about 200°F (93°C). If the loaf needs more time reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove the soda bread from the oven and let it cool completely (about 30 minutes) before serving.

Laura’s Tips + Notes

  1. Flour selection. Soda bread is traditionally made with soft wheat flour. Soft wheat flour is low in gluten protein and produces a very tender crumb. I chose to use cake flour and pastry flour in this recipe because they are also low in gluten. All-purpose flour is also fine to use in the recipe. Wholemeal flour adds flavor and texture to this hearty bread. You can adjust the amount to your taste. Just make sure to keep the total amount of flour equal to 2 ¾ cups. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
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