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Brown Bread

Serve with a thick slather of Irish butter
Brown Bread
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Want to bake something special that's not Irish soda bread? We dug into our recipe box for a delicious bread you can make at home in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

This recipe is from McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was originally published in The Morning Call.

Ready in
1 h
20 m
(prepare time)
40 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


If you can't find wholemeal flour in your local grocery store, you can purchase it online or in specialty stores.


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 Cups wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 Cup plus 1 teaspoon rolled oats
  • 1/4 Cup steel cut oats
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, sift together 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Step 3: Add 3/4 cups wholemeal flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/4 cup steel cut oats to the bowl and mix with a whisk or your hands.

Step 4: Add 2 1/4 cups buttermilk and mix with hands. Do not overmix or bread will become tough.

Step 5: Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon rolled oats.

Step 6: Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for 20 more minutes.

Step 7: Allow bread to cool before slicing. Keep remaining bread refrigerated.