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Traditional Irish Brown Bread

Makes 1 loaf

© by Dingle Cookery School

This old-fashioned bread is traditionally shaped by hand but you can also use a loaf pan. I learned to make the bread at Dingle Cookery School.  


  • Wholewheat Flour 300 g
  • Plain White Flour 200 g
  • Rolled Oats 80 g
  • Baking Soda 1 Tbs
  • Buttermilk 300-360 ml
  • Salt a pinch

Cook It

  1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the buttermilk until the mixture reaches a stiff porridge-like consistency.
  4. Place the dough on a floured tray and shape into flat loaf around 3 inches thick and make a cross on the dough. Alternatively, place the dough in a loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Check by putting a skewer into the centre, and if it comes out dry the bread is done. If it is still wet, bake for a few more minutes.