Irish Brown Bread #BreadBakers

Irish Brown Bread is a baking soda leavened bread made with whole wheat and white flours, plus bulgur wheat for added chewiness and crunch.
Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Irish Brown Bread is my recipe of the day with the Bread Bakers blogging group. We bake  once per  month on changing topics.This month we are doing brown breads  of various sorts.

Irish Brown Bread

Irish brown breads  are naturally rugged,  homely looking loaves, but quite delicious. Mine is made with a combination of  whole  wheat and all-purpose flour, with partially cooked bulgur  wheat thrown into  the  mix  for a  little bit of chew.

You should  have a butt-ugly, round,  dense  loaf when  you are done, which  loves a good schmear of  Irish butter and  a  drizzle of something like honey,  Lyle’s  golden syrup,  treacle or  molasses. It’s the taste that counts,  right?

At  least  all the  Irish brown bread I saw online was just as ugly as mine, so whatever.

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Irish Brown Bread

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Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12


  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking Bulgur
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11 fluid ounces buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Grease an 8-inch cast iron skillet, enameled baking pan or cake pan.
  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and add bulgur.
  • Cook for 6 minutes, then remove from heat and drain in a strainer.
  • Stir together the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the drained cooked bulgur and stir until the flour coats it evenly.
  • Add buttermilk and mix into a shaggy dough.
  • Shape into a ball and drop into the greased pan; slice an "x" across the top with a serrated knife.
  • Bake for 70-75 minutes or until the internal temperature is 185F.
  • Serve slices with butter and honey, treacle/molasses or golden syrup.


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10 responses

    • I did cut a little deep on the first cut and had to match the slice so it ended up looking like a mountain with rocky crags. But it’s not noticeable after it’s sliced to serve.

    • Yes, the Lyle’s syrup is fantastic. Which reminds me I need to stock up on it. I use that in a number of things for holiday baking.

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