Irish brown bread

Prep 5 min
Total 1 hour 50 min
Makes 1 loaf (14 slices)

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
3 1/2 cups
whole wheat flour
1 tsp


  • 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.


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

Best served with

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

Issue: March 2015

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Photo credit: Photo, Sian Richards.

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