Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

Irish brown bread is a favorite of mine and I especially love it with lamb stew. There’s nothing like a slice of hearty brown bread to soak up the gravy in a stew. Many years ago I had brown bread in Ireland and no matter what I do, I can never recreate how delicious it was. The wheat there is a bit different and it’s ground differently and of course the water tastes different but I’ve tried my best and this recipe comes close. And it goes fantastic along side my Instant Pot Lamb Stew recipe.

Gather up your ingredients.

Ingredients for Irish Brown Bread

A few quick notes before getting started. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your bread pan. Set it aside. Spray your bread pan with non-stick spray, then add the parchment paper on top of the already greased pan bottom and spray it again. I promise, you will thank me when warm, delicious brown bread slides right out.

line the bread pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray

Make sure the water you are using is warm. Not hot. Not cool. Think of the three bears. If it’s just right…your yeast will love it. You want tepid water here. (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 38 degrees Celsius)

This recipe calls for taking the bread out of the pan part way, then putting it upside down directly on the oven rack. This gives the bread a thick crust all around. This extra step is worth it!

Now, let’s get to the recipe:

In a large bowl, whisk together the wheat flour, white flour, and salt. Set aside.

whisk the flours and salt

In a small bowl, combine 5 ounces of warm water with the molasses. Stir until completely combined, then sprinkle in the yeast, stir gently to combine. Let it sit until the yeast begins to foam, about 10 minutes.

allow yeast to begin to foam

Pour the yeast mixture and the 10 ounces of warm water into the flour mixture and mix until it’s all combined and sticky.

sticky dough

It will have a bit of a rough texture. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand 10 minutes.

While the dough is resting, prepare the bread pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the bread pan, then set the parchment paper aside. Spray the bottom and sides with non-stick spray. Add the measured parchment paper to the bottom of the non-stick pan and spray the paper with non-stick spray. 

Pour the dough into the bread pan, spread it evenly, cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for about 20-25 minutes.  The dough will look like this:

spread dough in bread pan

While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Add the risen dough to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

This what the bread looks like when you take it out to finish cooking upside down:

Bread half way cooked

Reduce the heat to 400 degrees, remove the bread from the bread pan and put it upside down directly onto the oven rack. Cook for 15 minutes. 

continue to cook the bread upside down on the oven rack

Remove bread and allow to cool on a wire rack.

cool the bread on a wire rack

If you love this Irish Brown Bread recipe, you might also like my Easy Homemade Bread, No-Knead Bread, and Whole Wheat Zucchini Nut Bread.

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Irish Brown Bread

Easy, hearty Irish brown bread recipe using whole wheat flour and a small amount of white flour. Perfect for breakfast, or with soups or stews.

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Irish

Ingredients

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3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
5 ounces warm water (not hot)
10 ounces warm water (not hot)
1 tablespoon molasses
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
N0n-stick cooking spray
Parchment paper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the wheat flour, white flour, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 5 ounces of warm water with the molasses. Stir until completely combined, then sprinkle in the yeast, stir gently to combine. Let it sit until the yeast begins to foam, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture and the 10 ounces of warm water into the flour mixture and mix until it’s all combined and sticky. It will have a bit of a rough texture. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, prepare the bread pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the bread pan, then set the parchment paper aside. Spray the bottom and sides with non-stick spray. Add the measured parchment paper to the bottom of the non-stick pan and spray the paper with non-stick spray. 
  5. Pour the dough into the bread pan, spread it evenly in the bread pan, cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for about 20-25 minutes. 
  6. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Add the risen dough to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat to 400 degrees, remove the bread from the bread pan and put it upside down directly onto the oven rack. Cook for 15 minutes. 
  8. Remove bread and allow to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

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