My Irish Brown Bread is a family recipe for an authentic Irish quick bread. It's made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and buttermilk. This is another blue ribbon winner, just like my Irish Soda Bread,. It has won many bread contests because of its deliciousness.
It's also low in calories and fat. Enjoy the bread with some marmalade, jelly, and a cup of ginger tea.
Irish Brown Bread
If you've been to Ireland and stayed at any B & B, the experience of enjoying a warm slice of brown bread with fresh creamy warm butter and marmalade will be a fond memory. If you haven't had the experience, don't worry, this is the bread to transport you to the Irish countryside.
This is a yeast-free bread that is rich and hearty in flavor from whole wheat flour and rolled oats.
The recipe has been made hundreds of times. The ingredients are quite straight forward and I don't recommend any variations.
Why you'll love it
- This brown bread uses simple ingredients that are easy to find.
- It's yeast free, no waiting for it to rise.
- Very simple to mix the dry ingredients then blend in the wet ingredients.
- You don't need to be a master baker to make this one.
- It is versatile and can be served with any meal.
Step By Step Instructions
*Photos always help to understand the cooking progress. The instructions here are an overview. The full printable recipe is below in the recipe card section.
- Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in unsalted butter.
- Use either a pastry cutter or clean hands to blend the butter into the flour mixture.
- Once combined, the flour/butter mixture will look like sand. Make a well in the center of the ingredients.
5. Add buttermilk to whisked eggs.
6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
7. Mix to combine ingredients.
8. The mixture will be well combined and stick together.
11. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Knead a few times to combine the ingredients and be able to form a round dough.
12. Form the dough a round, about 8 inches in diameter and about 1 ½ inches high. Note - For a long time I made this in a 9" x 5" loaf pan. You can be make it in either form. Bake at 375°F/190°C for about 40-45 minutes. Begin checking the loaf at 40 minutes to see if baked through. Use a toothpick to insert into the loaf, it will come out clean when done.
Let the bread rest for at least ½ hour, once it is cool, slice and enjoy.
- When available use a course whole wheat flour such as Odlums to give an authentic Irish brown bread. However, it is not always easy to find in the US, stone ground or regular whole what can be used.
- Be sure to use measuring cups and spoons to measure ingredients as baking is a science and being exact gives best results.
- Have the butter at room temperature so it blends easily into the flour mix.
- The bread can be made in either a 9" x 5" inch loaf pan or a 8" to 9" round pan.
How do I know the bread is completely baked?
Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.
Can Instant oats be used to make Brown Bread?
After so many readers have said they used quick oats, I made a loaf of Irish Brown bread with quick oats and the results were delicious.
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
Can I freeze it?
Leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept for about 2-3 days.
You can make a few and freeze some for later. Use freezer friendly storage bags for the bread. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Single slices should be placed on a baking sheet and placed in the freezer for about 3 hours. Then placed in freezer bags so they do not stick together.
A great Irish Coffee is always a hit on a dessert table along with this bread.
Serve this along side a big bowl of Irish Beef Stew for a delicious dinner.
Bangers and Mash is a great meal to use a slice of this Brown Bread to sop up all the delicious gravy.
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Irish Brown Bread
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8 or 9 inch round cast iron or pie dish, or a 9" by 5" loaf pan with non stick spray . Set aside. Note 3
- In a large bowl, add the whole wheat flour, 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 ½ hour.
- The nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.