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Loaf of Irish Brown Soda Bread on Cutting Board

Irish Brown Soda Bread

With whole wheat flour, honey, and buttermilk, this Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe is flavorful and perfect for slicing and serving along with soup or stew.
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 260kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 375F and butter a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Combine the butter and honey in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat bran, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir in the egg, then the butter/honey mixture, and then about half of the buttermilk. Gradually add just enough buttermilk so that a soft dough forms; be careful not to over-mix.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula that has been dipped in water or buttermilk.
  • Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack and let it cool to room temperature.


  • This recipe makes 1 (9 by 5-inch) loaf of bread.
  • Slice the bread into 10 slices, and each slice is 1 serving.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg