Brown Butter Irish Soda Bread



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2 loaves
15 Min
45 Min


  • 1/4 c
    unsalted butter (i used kerrygold)
  • 3 1/2 c
    unbleached white flour (i used mostly white pastry flour and a little bit of whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 c
    rolled oats (which were lightly ground in a spice mill on the pulse setting a couple of times)
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar (i used demerara)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh rosemary, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    black pepper plus more for topping
  • 1 3/4 c
  • 1
    egg (which i skipped)

How to Make Brown Butter Irish Soda Bread


  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Stir butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until melted and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat
  2. Stir flour, oats, sugar, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl to blend. Pour buttermilk and melted browned butter over flour mixture; stir with fork until flour mixture is moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead gently until dough comes together, about 7 turns. Divide in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten each into 6-inch round. Place rounds on ungreased baking sheet, spacing 5 inches apart. Brush tops with beaten egg white. Sprinkle lightly with ground black pepper. Using small sharp knife, cut 1/2-inch-deep X in top of each dough round.
  4. Bake breads until deep golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool breads on rack at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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About Brown Butter Irish Soda Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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