Easy Brown Bread

Happy belated Saint Patrick’s Day! This year, I decided to try making a few new Irish-themed recipes and will be posting them over the next week or so. The first I’ll post is this delicious and super easy brown soda bread recipe. I like this recipe because it is a) easy for non-experienced bread bakers to make and b) doesn’t call for raisins (sorry neither me nor the boyfriend are big on these). My first attempt turned out pretty good–it was delicious actually! However, next time I will take the advice given by commenters of the original recipe and will not over-knead the dough (which I think I did this time). Enjoy!


Easy Brown Bread

Adapted from: Chow.com

Brown Bread


2 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt

2 cups well-shaken buttermilk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted


Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Lightly dust a baking sheet with all-purpose flour and set aside.

Place both flours, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine, breaking up any lumps. Then, add buttermilk and melted butter and mix with your hands until almost all of the flour is moistened and the dough holds together, about 1 minute.

Lightly flour a clean work surface and turn out the dough. Knead until it forms a fairly smooth ball with no visible pockets of flour, about 1 minute. Don’t over-knead!

Work the dough into a flat round about 7 inches in diameter and 2 inches thick. Place on the prepared baking sheet and, using a sharp knife, slice an “X” across the top, edge to edge and about 1/2 inch deep.

Bake until the internal temperature registers 190°F to 200°F on an instant-read thermometer and the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing, about 2 hours. If you slice the bread before it has completely cooled, it will be crumbly or fall apart.


This is great with or without butter/jam!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 17:34:48

    Brown bread is one of my favorites! So full of flavor and perfect for toasting and slathering with butter 🙂


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