Irish Brown Bread is a family favorite traditional bread that we love and enjoy often! This recipe is a combination of family and Irish family friends that I created! Just like my Irish Soda Bread recipe, this is a blue-ribbon recipe that has won quite a few bread contests!
It’s low-calorie and low-fat! Perfect plain or with some marmalade, jelly, or butter! Don’t forget a cup of tea or an Irish Coffee!
Irish Brown Bread split into two loaf pans to make smaller sized bread.
Okay, don’t think I am shocking anyone with my heritage! I am an Irish gal!
We are now in the month of my families biggest Holiday! It is March madness time!
I know you think basketball! Guess what, I love basketball too! But no, even bigger ….Saint Patrick’s Day!
Irish Brown Bread, a traditional family bread!
This is old school Traditional Irish Brown Bread! I love this bread as a side with my Granny’s Bangers and Mash! A great bread to dip into the Guinness gravy! It is a hearty bread that is not sweet!
When visiting Ireland, my family, any Bed and Breakfast or restaurant serves Brown Bread with breakfast! I have made my own version of that bread and it is so good!
Irish Brown Bread FAQs
Can Irish Brown Bread be made ahead and frozen?
Absolutely! My Mom makes her bread and freezes slices together and removes from freezer as needed!
What does Irish Brown Bread taste like?
Brown bread is not a sweet bread. It is a hearty bread! My Dad always says its a stick to your ribs bread because it is filling too!
Can instant oats be used to make Brown Bread?
I do not recommend instant oats. Regular oats are my recommended ingredients for this bread.
What can I use as a buttermilk substitute?
No buttermilk available, use regular milk. You can use low-fat milk too. Add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar for every cup of milk. Let it rest on the counter for about 5 minutes
I make my Brown Bread using whole wheat flour, oats, low-fat buttermilk, a wee bit of sugar, eggs and baking soda. So it a lower calorie bread that is so quick and easy to prepare! My kids eat this for breakfast with marmalade. We have it as bread with soup and stews like my Guinness Beef Stew
I grew up eating Irish Brown Bread. I make this bread quite often as the family requests it all the time. Everyday tip – this freezes so well. It can be frozen as a whole bread or slice it up and freeze for individual portions! Seriously do that, its amazing, I am not kidding! If you have not had the pleasure of a slice of Irish brown bread, you are in for a little slice of HEAVEN!
So my friends, I hope you all get into the Saint Patrick’s Day season and make a loaf, or two, or three of this Irish Brown Bread! Have some with breakfast and don’t forget to save some for a bowl of my The Best Beef, Mushroom Guinness Pie!
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Irish Brown Bread
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon . baking powder
- 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cast iron pan or round pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, add the whole wheat flow, quick-cooking oats, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Cut in the butter and blend well into the flour. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
- In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and add the buttermilk to combine.
- Add the egg mixture into the well of the dry ingredients. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Gently roll out the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough gently for a few minutes. Shape into a round loaf and place in the cast iron skillet. Slash the top into the shape of a cross. Sprinkle top with a bit of flour.
- Bake for 40-45 minute. Check to see of the bread is done by placing a skewer into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, your bread is done. Let cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the loaf pan and let the bread cool completely before slicing. At least 1/2 hour.
- The nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.