Irish Brown Bread
Norman A. Plate
Yields 1 loaf (about 1 3/4 lb.)
AuthorCristina Faulkner, La Mirada, California,
This simple crusty brown quick bread is one of the most popular Irish bread recipes and gets its hearty flavor from whole wheat flour and rolled oats.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in whole-wheat flour and oats.

Step 2
2

Add yogurt; stir gently. If mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, just until dough holds together; it should not be sticky.

Step 3
3

Turn dough onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 5 times to make a ball. Set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 7-inch circle. With a floured knife, cut a large X on top of loaf.

Step 4
4

Bake in a 375° oven until well browned, about 40 minutes. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or cool.

Step 5
5

Nutritional analysis per 1-oz. serving.

Ingredients

 1 cup all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons sugar
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
 2 cups whole-wheat flour
 1/4 cup regular or quick-cooking rolled oats
 1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
  Milk

Directions

Step 1
1

In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in whole-wheat flour and oats.

Step 2
2

Add yogurt; stir gently. If mixture is too dry to hold together, stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, just until dough holds together; it should not be sticky.

Step 3
3

Turn dough onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 5 times to make a ball. Set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 7-inch circle. With a floured knife, cut a large X on top of loaf.

Step 4
4

Bake in a 375° oven until well browned, about 40 minutes. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or cool.

Step 5
5

Nutritional analysis per 1-oz. serving.

Irish Brown Bread