One of my favorite gustatory memories from our trip to Ireland was the Irish Brown Bread served at every pub.
An Irish Favorite
Besides my jet lagged driver taking a nap while behind the steering wheel as we were driving to our first destination…while shifting with his non-dominant hand, on the wrong side of the road…our trip to Ireland was full of magical moments. The pastel facades of the village storefronts, the peacocks roaming our countryside bed and breakfast, the brilliant greens of the hills, and the hearty brown bread I searched out on every pub menu…all crisp memories of our visit. Especially that bread. Each establishment had its own recipe, but all were sweet, dense, and wonderful.
Bon Appetit to the Rescue
Upon our return, I tried a few recipes, but none hit the spot till this Bon Appetit version. It’s wonderful on St. Patrick’s Day and every other day of the year!!
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Irish Brown Bread
Dense, delicious Irish Soda Bread made with whole wheat flour
Author: Liz Berg
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
- 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons wheat bran
- 3 tablespoons wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425º. Butter 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add butter, and rub into dry mixture with fingers till it resembles cornmeal. Stir in buttermilk and mix to form a soft dough...being careful not to over-mix the batter.
- Place dough into loaf pan. Bake until toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool on rack.
Adapted from Bon Appetit