Irish Brown Bread

5 / 5 (1 review)

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday made in the USA.  My Irish friend says, “It’s just another excuse, (in his country), to get drunk!”  All I know is that while participating in folk dance festivals in Ireland, in homes, restaurants, and pubs, lucky for us, we were served  Irish Brown Bread.

Irish Brown Bread

It’s a rustic, super easy quick bread, that’s loaded with tangy buttermilk and famous Guinness Stout, yes beer.  For those of you who avoid alcohol, use white grape juice or ginger-ale.  The alcohol evaporates, but I actually prefer the taste of ginger-ale to beer.  I’ve used both soda or juice with great success.

It’s made with oats, whole wheat flour, and dark brown sugar.  It’s truly Irish, compared to soda bread.  Trust me, you’ll want to serve this with soups or salads, and a slather of creamy butter and honey.

Irish Brown Bread

Preheat oven to 425˚degrees. Grease an 8×8″ baking pan.

Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a seperate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness beer, juice or ginger-ale. Pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with additional oats if desired.

Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400˚degrees. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, open the door, and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the oven before turning out onto a wire rack.

Irish Brown Bread

After years of searching I’ve finally found my pot o’ gold!   I want a Le Creuset Honey Pot.  Available in several colors, I think the dijon is bee-utiful.  It comes with an awesome little silicone honey dipper too. Imagine warming your honey in the microwave before serving…I’m in love!

Le Creuset Honey Pots

Irish Brown Bread

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 15mins | Cook Time: 60 min
Yield: 1 loaf | Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, plus additional to sprinkle on top
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness beer, white grape juice, or ginger-ale

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease an 8x8" baking pan.
  2. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a seperate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness beer, juice or ginger-ale. Pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with additional oats if desired.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400˚degrees. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, open the door, and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the oven before turning out onto a wire rack.
Meal Type: Breads, Breakfast, Side Dish, St. Patrick's Day
Categories: Muffins and Quick Breads

Comments & Reviews

  • Catherine

    I’m planning to make this Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day but my comment is actually in reference to the post directly below the recipe for the Le Creuset Honey Pot. You state that, ” Imagine warming your honey in the microwave before serving…I’m in love!” If you are using basic store purchased honey which is NOT actually honey but rather a mix of high fructose corn syrup added to honey then heating in the microwave is fine since it is unhealthy already. However, if you are smart enough to purchase local honey from an apiary or small farm store then you do NOT want to heat your honey in the microwave as it will kill all the health benefits you are trying to achieve by eating local honey. Don’t ruin a good thing my nuking it, instead simply place it in a bowl of hot water and heat the honey pot itself. Natural honey should not be heated above 120 degrees for optimal health benefits.

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