Irish Brown Bread • Stephanie Hansen

By admin Mar9,2024


March 9, 2024

Irish brown bread in a loaf pan topped with pepitas and sunflower seeds

This Irish brown bread is dense and malty. With a slathering of sweet cream butter, it’s a nutty delight from our friend Shelagh Mullen, who was in my Taste Buds with Stephanie episode. Be sure to check out my other Irish recipes, like colcannon and Guinness mussels.

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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain white flour
  • 1 cup regular rolled/ porridge oats (regular rolled oats)
  • 1/3 cup pinhead oats (steel-cut oats)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses – Shelagh likes Treacle
  • 1 1/2–2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat your oven to 350°. Spray, butter, or line parchment paper a 5×9” loaf tin. 
  • In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture.
  • Mix together the egg, molasses, and buttermilk. Add to the dry mixture. Use your hand (like a claw) to combine; do not overbeat. The consistency should be thick and flowing or drop consistency, not dry. Add a little more buttermilk if needed. 
  • Tip the mixture into a loaf tin and press in some oats and seeds onto the top. Bake for about 40-45 minutes.
  • It is properly baked when you hear a hollow sound on the bottom of the bread when tapped with a finger. Hint: if you want it to crisp up a bit, remove it from the tin and place it back in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.
  • Enjoy with Irish butter!


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