A Taste of Ireland

Mary Browne’s Delicious Irish Brown Bread
The staff of Irish life is brown bread – sometimes referred to as Irish soda bread. There are countless recipes all over the country but the secret is to use real buttermilk. Most tourists are introduced to the wholesome nutty flavor at breakfast, with tea or as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup. The taste and scent of real homemade Irish brown bread is a treat that many want to bring back from vacation to enjoy in their own homes. Mary Browne of “Bunratty Lodge Bed-and-Breakfast” has generously shared her delicious recipe for Irish brown bread with all of us. Indulge in a little taste of Ireland!

8 ozs. wholemeal flour (whole wheat)
8 ozs. white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 egg
1 pint of buttermilk

With a large spoon, mix all the ingredients to a moist consistency and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees in a ring tin (bunt pan). Cool for ten minutes and turn out of the pan. Allow to cool, Slice and enjoy.

Michele Erdvig


Author: Michele Erdvig

Michele has done and seen it all in Ireland. Specializing in Ireland for over 40 years, she is one of the foremost Ireland travel experts in the United States. She writes guidebooks and blogs about Ireland, creates custom Ireland itineraries and dispenses free advice on her Ireland Travel Forum. www.IrelandYes.com

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  1. Hi there, love your website, please note that whole meal flour is more akin to what is called graham flour here in the usa. I spent years trying to get my brown bread right with regular whole wheat flour, it just won’t work.

    Hodgsen Mills makes graham flour that is available at most stores.

    I promise you won’t go wrong!

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  2. Thanks for the tip. Some believe Irish Bread Soda is slightly different from US baking soda as well, but I guess we just need to take a trip to Ireland for some REAL brown bread. Mmmmmm.

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  3. This is great..brings back memories…our first Irish stay was at Bunratty and of course we asked Mary for the recipe…enjoy!

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  4. Irish Fireside saves the day! I have been trying to find a recipe that comes close to Mary’s brown bread without success(we stayed at Bunratty Lodge in 2009). She had the recipe in a frame in the living room, but I forgot to write it down. I’m going to blame it on the jet lag (Bunratty was our first overnight of the trip).

    Silly me, I should have checked the Fireside first and I would have been enjoying Mary’s Brown Bread again much sooner! 🙂

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