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Irish Brown Bread

A traditional Irish brown soda bread recipe made with buttermilk. 
Cuisine Irish
Keyword bread, buttermilk, ireland, Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 Cups Stoneground Whole Wheat Flour sifted
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour sifted
  • 1 1/4 Cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Oats optional, to sprinkle on top


  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk and egg. Mix well with a wooden spoon until a soft, slightly wet dough is formed.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin. 
  • Run a knife along the top of the bread in the shape of a cross (lengthwise then widthwise). Sprinkle the top with oats if desired.
  • Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes. You'll know it's cooked when you tap the bottom of the bread and it sounds hollow.
  • Store in an airtight container or wrapped in foil. The bread will stay fresh for several days. Do not refrigerate as it will dry it out.  Serve with butter and jam or whatever tickles your fancy!


If you tap the bread underneath and it sounds hollow, you know it’s fully cooked.