Irish Brown Bread Is Exactly What Your St. Paddy's Day Feast Is Missing
2024/03/05

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Any time I make one of my favorite  or hearty , I must have a thick slice of bread to sop up all the goodness left at the bottom of the bowl. I absolutely must. This is that bread! Irish brown bread has this deeply nutty, complex, almost malty taste to it that is so beyond delicious. It's also endlessly versatile. Serve it fresh out of the oven slathered in jam and your favorite , or toast slices with some good cheddar (Irish cheddar if you can find it!) for an open-faced to dunk in . It's exactly what your  is missing on .

Why is brown bread so popular in Ireland?

In Ireland, brown bread is as common as a pint of Guinness.

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Most versions are made with , too! The bread became popular many years ago due, in part, to the low cost of wheat flour. Back then, white flour was more expensive. That's not the case anymore, but it has continued to stick around.

Is Irish brown bread the same as Irish soda bread?

No, Irish brown bread and are very different. They're both , which means they don't require any yeast or time to rise, but Irish brown bread has a nutty flavor from the whole wheat flour, molasses, stout beer, and oats. Irish soda bread, however, uses just white flour and is much milder in taste.

2 tbsp.

salted butter, melted, plus more for the pan

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1 c.

rolled oats, divided

3 c.

whole wheat flour

2 tsp.

baking soda

2 tsp.

kosher salt

1 c.

stout beer, such as Guinness

1 c.

buttermilk

1/4 c.

molasses

2 tbsp.

honey

Step  1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Roughly chop 1/4 cup of rolled oats. Step  2 Evenly coat the bottom and sides of the pan with the chopped oats, tapping out any excess and reserving them for the top of the loaf. Set aside. Step  3 In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 3/4 cup of rolled oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter, stout, buttermilk, molasses, and honey.

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Stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, smooth the top with a small offset spatula, and scatter the reserved chopped oats over top. Step  4 Bake until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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