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Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Irish Brown Bread Recipe

For FamilyFun staffer Moira Greto and her kids, baking this Irish brown bread is a cherished family tradition. Like the simple recipe, the old-fashioned method they use -- measuring and mixing ingredients with their bare hands -- has been passed down through the generations. The resulting bread is rustic and hearty, delicious whether served with butter or a favorite jam.


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk


Heat the oven to 400°. Combine everything but the buttermilk in a large bowl and stir the ingredients with your hands. Make a well in the mixture and pour in 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk.

Irish Brown Bread Step 2

Continue mixing with your hands, adding the remaining cup of buttermilk as you combine the ingredients. The resulting dough will be wet and very sticky.

Irish Brown Bread Step 3

Dust your hands with flour, shape the dough into a ball, and place it on a floured cookie sheet (we used a nonstick baking mat). With a knife, score a deep X in the top of the ball, widening it with the sides of the blade as you cut.

Bake the bread until it's golden brown, about 50 minutes. Transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Makes a crusty, dense loaf about 7 inches in diameter.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving (12 per loaf):

Calories 233

Carbohydrates 44.5g (15% DV)

Total Fat 1.85g (3% DV)

Sodium 355mg (15% DV)

Iron (14% DV)

Folate (15% DV)

Fiber (18% DV)

Iodine (22% DV)

Protein 8.4g (17% DV)

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.