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Irish Brown Bread


  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.¬†
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. ¬†Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk and the oil. Stir together until blended (some lumps will remain)<
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead about 10 times, or until it all holds together. Form the dough into a large ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Cut a deep cross in the top.
  • Bake the bread for 40 minutes, or until it tests done (a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean).
  • Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. Store, well-wrapped, for a couple of days at room temperature; freeze for longer storage.