Irish Brown Bread

Number of Servings: 12 (85 g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 40 min.
Irish Brown Bread

This is Irish soda bread gone whole grain. Feel free to add a handful of currants and a couple teaspoons of caraway seeds.  Don’t over-knead: you want this to be tender like a biscuit and not chewy. Serve with any fall soup or chili or classic Irish dishes.


  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and dusting
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flours, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend. Beat in the buttermilk and egg and stir just until moistened.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, gently knead it 8 to 10 times; the dough will be sticky. Gather into a loose ball.
  4. On a non-stick baking sheet, form the dough into a 7″ round. Dust the top of dough with a small amount of flour. Cut a 4″ X into the top of the dough. Bake until the bread splits open at the X and makes a hollow sound when the underside is tapped (25-30 minutes).
  5. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 2 hours before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

Serving Size 85 g

Amount per serving
Calories 160
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 17mg 5%
Sodium 340mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 24g
Protein 7g
Vitamin D 0.1mcg 0%
Calcium 58.9mg 4%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 155mg 4%
Vitamin A 12.5mcg 2%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 0%
Vitamin E 1.3mg 6%
Vitamin K 0.5mcg 0%
Thiamin 0.3mg 25%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 3.2mg 20%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 58.3mcg 15%
Vitamin B12 0.1mcg 4%
Biotin 2.7mcg 10%
Chloride 55.4mg 2%
Pantothenate 0.4mg 0%
Phosphorus 166.2mg 15%
Iodine 12.2mcg 8%
Magnesium 49.2mg 10%
Zinc 1.4mg 10%
Selenium 19.8mcg 35%
Copper 0.1mg 10%
Manganese 0.9mg 40%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.5mcg 4%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Lowfat Buttermilk (cultured Lowfat Milk, Nonfat Milk, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Vitamin A Palmitate), Whole Wheat Flour, Enriched All Purpose Flour (unbleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Eggs, Wheat Germ, Baking Soda, Salt.

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