St. Patrick’s Day Baking – Traditional Irish Brown Bread Recipe

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With St. Patrick’s day coming up, lots of us like to search out fun recipes to bake with our kids. Instead of the usual fun recipes which involve adding some sort of green food coloring to cookie recipes, pancakes recipes etc., I decided I would share an actual real recipe from Ireland!

Brown Bread! It’s not green, but it is authentically Irish and it is YUM!

Even better, this is toddler-approved by my kid who is a pretty fussy eater! And here’s my insider tip – it tastes even better with some Kerrygold Irish butter on it! Enjoy!!!

Traditional Irish Brown Bread
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups wholemeal flour
  2. 1 cup plain flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 tblsp brown sugar
  6. 1 tblsp melted better
  7. 2 1/2 cups of buttermilk
  8. 1 tblsp rolled oats (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Grease two 2lb loaf tins
  3. Mix the plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl
  4. Create a dip in the middle of all the dry ingredients
  5. Then add the buttermilk, brown sugar and melted butter
  6. Mix the ingredients gently until it all comes together
  7. Divide the mixture equally between your two loaf tins
  8. Sprinkle some rolled oats over the top (optional)
  9. Bake for 1hr in the middle of oven
Notes
  1. To check that your bread is ready, they should have a nice crusty top
  2. Tip your loaves out of the tin and tap the base. Your bread should sound hollow.
  3. If it doesn't pop it back in to the oven for a further 5min
  4. Tip out on to a wire rack and allow to cool, before slicing (otherwise it will all fall apart!)
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Marion is originally from Dublin, Ireland and moved to San Diego with her husband and daughter in the summer of 2016, and welcomed a baby boy in 2018. Previously a focused career driven working Mama, she is now adapting to the role of Stay at Home Mom. She finds living in San Diego makes that role a lot more enjoyable and loves exploring all that San Diego offers with her 4yr old and 6mth old. When she isn’t trying out new playgrounds or watching Moana for the 50th time, she loves baking, crafting and DIY (although she’s not claiming to be amazingly good at any of these!). She also likes trying out new restaurants with her family, and enjoying a glass (or maybe two!) of wine! She loves to travel, is open to new experiences and really enjoys meeting new people!

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  1. This sounds amazing! My grandmother used to make Irish soda bread and I have made that in years past! Im not eating bread so Ill be having my corned beef and cabbage tonight, no potatoes for me either!! But I definitely want to try this next time!!! Thank you for sharing (especially for us Americans of Irish decent who are under ecucated of real traditions!!) ??

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