My 5-Minute Authentic Irish Brown Bread recipe is both fast and gives you the perfect hearty and dense bread!


Hi Bold Bakers!

My 5-Minute Authentic Irish Brown Bread recipe gives you the ultimate rustic Irish quick bread! Made in minutes and jam-packed with flavor and texture, this loaf combines mixed seeds, wheat bran, and wheat germ.

This classic quick bread is hearty, dense and chewy in all the right ways. From dipped into soup, to made into grilled cheese sandwiches, it’s so versatile!

How is Irish Brown Bread different than Irish Soda Bread?

Irish Soda Bread is defined by the use of baking soda to leaven it. While this lovely brown bread is similar in that it is a “quick bread” it is made with milk and baking powder as opposed to buttermilk and baking soda.

The result is a super hearty stick-to-your-ribs loaf of bread that can be made in no time at all.

Is Irish Brown Bread healthier than white bread?

This bread is filled with flavor, but also added fiber and healthy fat thanks to the mixed nuts, seed, wheat bran, and wheat germ. All of these ingredients are great for your digestive health and keep you feeling full and satisfied, curbing those naughty snack attacks.

5-Minute Authentic Irish Brown Bread recipe is almost like a meal in itself, it really fills you up. I love it toasted up, slathered with butter, and a cup of hot Irish tea.

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What Kind of Seeds Do I Use?

You can use any mix of nuts or seeds you have on hand. I used a mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia, and sesame seeds, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

The goal with the seeds is to add some extra texture, toasty flavor, and nutrition. From additional protein to healthy fat, the seed are about more than just flavor and crunch, they make this a really well-rounded snack.

How Do I Store Irish Brown Bread?

Since this bread is so hearty, it can keep at room temperature for up to 5 days. To keep it fresh I cover it nice and tight with cling wrap. It can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks. To use from frozen just thaw at room temperature, toast, and enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks to Making Irish Brown Bread:

  • Use a mix of white and wheat flour for a slightly lighter bread
  • Add dried raisins or fruit to the topping for a sweeter bread
  • Pre-slice and freeze the brown bread
  • To thaw the brown bread, just allow it to sit at room temperature until soft

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5-Minute Authentic Irish Brown Bread Recipe

My 5-Minute Authentic Irish Brown Bread recipe is both fast and gives you the perfect hearty and dense bread!

  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz/216g) whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup (3oz/85g) mixed seeds ((sunflower, sesame, linseed, pumpkin))
  • 3 tablespoons bran
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses ((treacle or honey))
  • 3 1/3 cups (27floz/750ml) milk
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

  2. Add the treacle and stir in enough of the milk to give a wet, almost sloppy mixture.

  3. Pour into a well oiled large loaf tin and bake in an oven preheated 400°F (200°C) for 20 mins until risen.

  4. Reduce the heat to 325°F (170°C) and bake for a further hour.

  5. Run a knife around the tin and ease the bread out. If it sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom it is cooked, if not, return it to the oven for 10-15 mins. 

  6. Cool the bread on a cooling rack. Enjoy fresh with butter. Store covered at room temperature for 3-4 days. 

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