Irish Brown Bread

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Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion.

Irish Brown Bread

About This Recipe

Yield:one 10-inch loaf
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:60 minutes
This recipe appears in: Weekend Baking Project: Irish Brown Bread


  • 4 cups Irish-style coarse ground wholemeal flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. 3

    In a small bowl whisk together buttermilk and melted butter.

  4. 4

    Make a well in the center of dry ingredients. Pour in buttermilk and melted butter. Mix until combined, though still lumpy.

  5. 5

    Turn dough out onto floured surface. Kneed dough until it just comes together, about 2 minutes. Form dough into a 10 inch circular loaf. Score top of loaf with a large cross.

  6. 6

    Bake for 40 minutes


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