I love Irish Brown Bread even more than the traditional white soda bread with raisins. It’s hearty and savory because it’s made with whole wheat flour. A smear of butter and some marmalade turns this bread into the perfect breakfast treat.
When I was about 19 I visited Ireland with two of my dear friends, both named Joanne. The Joannes and I rented a car and drove across Ireland, staying in Bed & Breakfasts along the way. All the B&Bs served a traditional Irish breakfast each morning. A traditional breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding (yum, but don’t ask what it’s made of) and big basket of Irish Brown Bread. After a few days I began to skip the full breakfast and feast on brown bread with lots of Irish butter and marmalade. Most importantly, we had many cups of of strong tea to wake us up after another late night at the pub.
Irish Brown Bread is delicious with breakfast, lunch or dinner
I love brown bread for breakfast, but also with corned beef and cabbage for dinner.I love to slather the bread with brown mustard and top it with a slice of corned beef.
I’ve tried a number of Irish Brown Bread recipes over the years. Some have no eggs or butter, just buttermilk. Some have butter, but no eggs. I like this recipe that has just a little butter and one egg to enrich the dough.
Oh, and here’s a neat trick; if your hands get coated with the sticky dough don’t try to wash it off with water it’ll just get stickier and leave a mess in the sink. Dip your hands into the flour bin to coat them. Holding your hands over the trash can, rub them together vigorously and the sticky dough will come off easily.