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A Taste of Ireland

November 16, 2008

Mary Browne’s Delicious Irish Brown Bread
The staff of Irish life is brown bread – sometimes referred to as Irish soda bread. There are countless recipes all over the country but the secret is to use real buttermilk. Most tourists are introduced to the wholesome nutty flavor at breakfast, with tea or as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup. The taste and scent of real homemade Irish brown bread is a treat that many want to bring back from vacation to enjoy in their own homes. Mary Browne of “Bunratty Lodge Bed-and-Breakfast” has generously shared her delicious recipe for Irish brown bread with all of us. Indulge in a little taste of Ireland!

8 ozs. wholemeal flour (whole wheat)
8 ozs. white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 egg
1 pint of buttermilk

With a large spoon, mix all the ingredients to a moist consistency and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees in a ring tin (bunt pan). Cool for ten minutes and turn out of the pan. Allow to cool, Slice and enjoy.

Michele Erdvig

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara permalink
    November 30, 2008 10:40 PM

    Hi there, love your website, please note that whole meal flour is more akin to what is called graham flour here in the usa. I spent years trying to get my brown bread right with regular whole wheat flour, it just won’t work.

    Hodgsen Mills makes graham flour that is available at most stores.

    I promise you won’t go wrong!

  2. December 1, 2008 11:32 AM

    Thanks for the tip. Some believe Irish Bread Soda is slightly different from US baking soda as well, but I guess we just need to take a trip to Ireland for some REAL brown bread. Mmmmmm.

  3. Deborah Vindasius permalink
    March 23, 2009 9:17 AM

    This is great..brings back memories…our first Irish stay was at Bunratty and of course we asked Mary for the recipe…enjoy!

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