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A wooden cutting board resting on a cloth, holding a loaf of bread, with one slice spread with jam

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

A traditional rustic Irish brown soda bread recipe made with buttermilk. 
Course bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 218kcal


  • 2 cups Stoneground Whole Wheat Flour sifted
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour sifted
  • 1 ¾ cups Buttermilk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon 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. 


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg