Irish Brown Bread For Americans

March 10, 2012
4 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Most soda breads are inauthentic and mildly disgusting, and only Americans seem to eat them, but this recipe (derived from Sally Schneider and Maria Robledo's "The Art of Low-Calorie Cooking") produces a loaf remarkably similar to the brown bread they served twenty years ago in Bewley's Tearoom on Grafton Street in Dublin. It's great with good butter and contains so much fiber you could probably knit a sweater out of it. —sidthecat

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour - reserved
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oat bran
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Stir the dry ingredients together.
  3. Slowly stir in 1/4 cup of the buttermilk, then slowly add the rest, until you have a dough that is soft but not too wet.
  4. Knead the dough for about two minutes, until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth. If it gets too wet, add a bit of flour.
  5. Form the dough into a round loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (alternately, butter a loaf pan and place the dough in that).
  6. Slash the top of the loaf (a cross looks good on the round loaf) and bake 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the loaf sounds hollow when thumped.
  7. Let cool on a rack and serve with the best butter you can find. Kerrygold is not inappropriate.

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