Irish brown bread



5 min


1 h 50 min


1 loaf (14 slices)

Irish brown bread

Photo, Sian Richards.

This loaf, our current favourite, is one of the simplest breads we’ve ever made. Plus, it has all the dense nuttiness that we want from an everyday bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water , divided (about 110F)
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 8-g pkg active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • SPRAY an 8 × 4-in. metal loaf pan with oil.
  • STIR 1/2 cup water with molasses and yeast in a large bowl until combined. Let stand, 10 min. Stir in flour, remaining water and salt, using a wooden spoon, until combined. Transfer dough to a floured counter. Knead once or twice, then shape into a log. Place in prepared pan. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 min.
  • PREHEAT oven to 400F. Bake in centre of oven until golden, 45 to 50 min. Let stand, 5 min. Turn loaf out onto a rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Best served with

Creamy, homemade cultured butter (you have to try it!). Get the recipe here.

Nutrition (per slice)

  • Calories
  • 129,
  • Protein
  • 5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24 g,
  • Fat
  • 1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 166 mg.