Put a Little Bit of Ireland on Your Table: Irish Brown Bread

March 13, 2012

It's St. Patrick's day on Saturday, and as I'm genetically 50% Irish I feel I would be highly remiss if I didn't share something of my heritage with you. I love all things Irish - I was extremely lucky growing up and got to visit Ireland every summer. My boyfriend D says I can spot an Irish flag from any distance (For some reason he finds this odd - he's never been and therefore doesn't understand how wonderful a country Ireland is), and the sound of an Irish accent always makes me smile. 
Irish Brown Bread

I debated just what to share - there's the picture of me in the leprechaun hat (I decided that would most likely cause permanent damage to your retinas given the hat came complete with a red beard), but then remembered this recipe for brown bread that is quite similar to one my grandmother used to make (and still does) whenever I visit her in Dublin.
Brown bread, cream cheese, and smoked salmon

This bread is lovely served with plain cream cheese and lox, or even toasted with peanut butter.
Irish Brown Bread with cream cheese and lox
Irish brown bread with Cream cheese and Lox

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Irish Brown Bread
Fresh brown bread was always a staple in my grandmother's house whenever I visited her in Dublin.
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp. wheat bran
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk*
* If you don't have buttermilk you can make your own. Pour 2 tbsp of lemon juice into a measuring cup. Fill to the 2 cup mark, and let sit for about 10 minutes until it's curdled.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a large loaf pan (I use a spray)In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk, and stir to form a thick batter. Pour it into the prepared pan.Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1.5 hrs, or until the top is nicely browned. You’ll know the loaf is done when there is a hollow sound when you tap on the bottom of the pan. Remove the loaf from the pan and wrap it in a damp dish towel until cooled – this softens the crust (although it will still require a good bread knife)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf

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  1. That looks really good! The last time I had Irish soda bread was at a pub over in the Alki Beach area of Seattle and it was amazingly good. Then with the salmon on top too... Gah! Yummy, yum. :-)

  2. I bet this makes a great meal. :) So yummy looking.

    I find it very sweet how you always associate yourself with your origin despite not being actually there always. Patriotism. :)


  3. this bread likes very taste. i'll try it.
    ythanks for sharing. :)
    hugs, vir

  4. I was lucky enough to live in Ireland for a year in college and adored the brown bread I had there. I'll have to try your recipe this week and see if it's what I'm missing! Thanks for sharing. :)


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