Irish Brown Bread

Caitlin Bussard


Real Irish soda bread is a very simple quick bread. It doesn't have raisins or eggs, this is known as railroad bread. This is a variation on real soda bread passed down in my family for over a century. The wheat flour in this makes this a brown bread, NOT soda bread.

This recipe has won ribbons for its tastiness. Chun do sláinte a!


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
45 Min


  • 3 c
    wheat flour
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 stick
    butter, room temperature

How to Make Irish Brown Bread


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Sieve and combine all dry ingredients. Rub in butter by hand until flour is crumbly.
  3. Mix in the buttermilk. The dough will be sticky. Add more buttermilk as needed.
  4. Knead on a lightly floured board. Be careful not to over work the dough. Flatten the dough ball out. Place on a greased and lightly floured cookie sheet. Cut a cross into the top of the dough.
  5. Bake at 425 for 45 minutes. You will know the bread is done when you tap the bottom of the bread and it sounds hollow. Serve with butter.
  6. STORAGE: This is just as important as baking. Place the bread in a tea towel, wrap it entirely and sprinkle water on top of the cloth.

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About Irish Brown Bread

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Diabetic Soy Free
Hashtags: #Irish #soda #authentic

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