Irish Brown Bread

Source: Caroline Homan, City Market Food Education Coordinator
Prep time: 1 1/2 hoursCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 2 hours


In Ireland, this is the true soda bread - dark, not very sweet, and an everyday staple served with a tangy cheese, smoked salmon, or some eggs.


3 cups
whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup
toasted wheat germ
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1 teaspoon
2 tablespoons
1 cup
all-purpose flour
2 cups


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, white flour, toasted wheat germ, baking soda, and salt. Gently mix in the buttermilk (or yogurt) and molasses until a soft dough in formed. Knead very lightly.

Divide dough into 2 pieces: form into rounded flat loaves. Mark each loaf with an "x" and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.