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Irish Brown Bread

An authentic Irish Brown Bread. This bread is so quick and easy to prepare. This is a versatile bread that is wonderful in the morning with marmalade or jelly. Fantastic paired with a stew, soup, or a corned beef dinner. This bread freezes very well
Course Baking, Bread, Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine Irish
Keyword brown bread, Irish Brown Bread, Saint Patrick's Day Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
let cool before slicing 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 14 slices
Calories 201kcal
Author Eileen Kelly



  • 4 cups whole wheat flour Note 1
  • 1 cup rolled oats Note 2
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • non-stick cooking spray


  • 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.


Note 1:  The whole wheat flour I prefer to use is Odlums, which is made in Ireland. However, using any whole wheat flour can be used for delicious results. 
Note 2: 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.
Note 3: I have changed the recipe over the years and now bake this bread in a round cast iron skillet. A 9 inch round pie baking dish can also be used. 
Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. 
Leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept for about 2-3 days.
You can freeze Brown Bread. 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.
  • The nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.7mg