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irish brown bread

Irish Brown Bread

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: Irish


The most satisfying bread to dip into soup comes from the Irish who understand the importance for warming themselves through the cold and rainy winters.



298 grams / 2 1/3 cups wholemeal flour
222 grams / 1 1/3 cups + 1 tablespoon plain flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 grams / 1 teaspoon baking soda
25 grams / 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
414 milliliters / 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg, room temperature
21 grams / 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/400F and greaseproof a bread tin.
  2. Sift the flour and baking soda in a bowl. Add the salt and wholemeal flour and stir to combine.
  3. Add in the butter and cut or rub into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, honey and egg and until well combined.
  5. Make a well in the flour and add the buttermilk mixture, folding until a dough is formed.
  6. Spoon into the bread tin and smooth out.
  7. Slice a line into the center of the loaf and place in the oven to bake until golden on top, approximately 45 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool.
  9. Slice and serve warm.


Adapted from Farmette


  • Calories: 185 calories per slice (12 slices per loaf)