Boy, do I have a treat for you guys today! You know those recipes that always make you feel like home? The ones that are perfect just the way they are, no tweaking needed. The recipes you take special care of because they’re handwritten. I mean seriously, is there anything better than a handwritten recipe someone shares with you? Well, today I’m sharing my dear friend Peggy’s recipe for traditional Irish brown bread. Although I’ll take a slice or two of this any day, it’s a must on Saint Patrick’s Day.
I must start by telling you I’ve never been a fan of soda bread. That all changed a few years back when I tried Peggy’s brown bread. Peggy is my mom’s friend from Cavan, Ireland, and in my book she is considered family. What better person to go to when in search of traditional Irish soda bread! Luckily, Peggy shared her recipe with me, so now I get to share it with you!
Now for the bread. It’s comforting and flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness. It has a lovely texture from the wholemeal and when baked, takes on this beautiful golden crust. Just in case you’re not familiar with wholemeal, it’s a coarsely ground, soft red whole wheat flour which is often used in Ireland’s signature brown breads. It gives the bread this earthy, kind of rustic quality I adore. Another thing I absolutely love about this bread is how quick and easy it is to make. Just combine all the ingredients, shape it into a round and send it off to bake.
All that’s left to do is cut into it and add a nice pat of butter and jam. I take mine with a little whiskey butter and a side of hot tea, and I think it’s even better on a rainy day like today. Whether you pair it with a traditional Irish breakfast or serve it with dinner, it’s a great recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you enjoy it!
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups wholemeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.
- Stir in melted butter, beaten egg, and buttermilk.
- Turn dough onto work surface and knead just until it comes together.
- Shape dough and score it with a paring knife.
- Place on a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 65-70 minutes.