Brown Bread

Irish brown bread - bhofack2
Irish brown bread - bhofack2

Brown Bread is an Irish dark bread from Irish gastronomy. Its thick crumb and soft crust make it a daily accompaniment to the Irish meal. Its rich and soft consistency is mainly composed of flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes honey. In the absolute, you can also find some with nuts or cereals… Enough to make a delicious bread, which will moreover easily stall any hungry person!

Brown Bread presentation

A bread with a strong character, for convivial meals!

In Ireland, Brown Bread can be eaten with any sauce: as a side dish, in a sandwich (with cheddar cheese), or for breakfast…

Irish people also appreciate its fragrant crumb (often thicker than a standard bread), as well as its very strong taste, which goes perfectly with cheese, bacon, or even sweeter flavours (Lemon Curd, jam…etc.). Stronger and more filling than a normal bread, it is the ideal companion for Irish people who like to eat on the go, or wish to make a balanced meal, which quickly fills the stomach.

Brown Bread can be found in bakeries all over Ireland (less than one euro each), as well as in pubs and restaurants on the island.

These are sometimes slightly improved, with additional ingredients based on cereals, raisins, almonds, or hazelnuts . The result is often surprising and tasty, and particularly nourishing!

Brown Bread Recipe


  • Number of people: 6 people – provides the equivalent of 2 loaves of bread
  • Preparation time : 10mn
  • Baking Time : 50mn
  • 700g of thick flour containing wheat grinds
  • 250g fine white flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 700mL buttermilk or 1 mixture 1/3 yoghurt – 2/3 whole milk


  • In a large bowl, mix the 2 flours. Do not hesitate to sift them if necessary. Then add salt, butter and baking soda.
  • Knead the mixture by hand, then pour over the egg, buttermilk and molasses … Stir it all until you obtain a homogeneous and dense whole. Make sure that the mixture remains moist and sufficiently malleable without being too runny.
  • Then pour the preparation into 2 buttered moulds, then bake at 200 C° for 50 minutes.
  • Once cooked, let it cool down to avoid indigestion, and serve it with a meal or snack. Note that this dish goes very well with a pint of Guinness or a dish such as Irish Stew.
  • Just taste it!

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