St. Patrick’s Day is next weekend already! It’s one of my favorite days of the year filled with friends, family, and some traditional Irish food. While Nana’s Irish Soda Bread is an absolute must for our family, I’ve been wanting to perfect an Irish Brown Bread recipe ever since our trip to Ireland.
During our travels throughout Ireland, brown bread seemed to be a staple at most meals. In the morning, it was served with butter, marmalade or honey at the B&B’s and later in the day it was served alongside soup and stew at the local pubs.
This bread is hearty and dense. The brown sugar provides the perfect amount of sweetness and the steel cut oats give it a nice texture. I like it best served warm with a spread of Irish butter.
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup steel cut oats
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and coat a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flours, oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl whisk together buttermilk and egg.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Spoon mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a butter knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Transfer bread onto a wire rack and let cool prior to slicing.