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Irish Brown Bread

This traditional moist Irish brown bread is great with breakfast, slathered with butter or a healthy dollop of jam.

Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword baking, butter milk, easy, no rise, no yeast, quick bread, soda bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 people
Calories 187 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: both fours, oats, salt and baking soda.  Mix thoroughly all the dry ingredients. 

  3. Whisk buttermilk and molasses. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Pour in the buttermilk mixture.

  4. Using a fork or spatula, stir gradually until combined. 

  5. With floured hands, knead into a ball. 

  6. Shape the dough into a circle and place on a lined baking sheet. Press flat to about 2 inches thick. It will form a round loaf about 8 inches in diameter.

  7. With a sharp knife cut a deep cross on top of the ball.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes at 450°F. Reduce the heat to 400°F then bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped. 

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Nutrition Facts
Irish Brown Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 434mg19%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.