Brown Soda Bread

No great bread making skill is required to produce a loaf of this Brown Soda Bread, and whole wheat bread just doesn't get any better than this. With only a touch of brown sugar for sweetness, this bread also has a nutty taste from the addition of wheat germ. Steel-cut oats, also known as Irish oatmeal, make their contribution to the healthy ingredient list in this delicious classic bread.

Original recipe source: Cooking Light March 2010

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Brown Soda Bread

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, then line the pan with parchment paper and coat the paper with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine both flours, oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Combine buttermilk and egg, then add to the flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert bread onto a wire rack, remove parchment paper. Cool before slicing.

Wheat germ and steel cut oats are the two ingredients that make this whole wheat bread extra special.

This Brown Soda Bread is great toasted with a touch of butter or honey, and it also makes a super sandwich.


  1. I will have to try this recipe, Anita. When we visited Ireland, we would have their brown bread every where and I fell in love with it, but couldn't get the recipe. I tried a recipe when I got home, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, this is one of the best things about Irelan :) Esp with a good potato soup! Yum! I followed you from the link party at The Shady Porch. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html

  3. Hi Anita, this bread looks awesome...when you mentioned butter and honey, I was ready to have a slice! Thanks so much for joining the Rock N Share party! Hope to see you again soon! Have a great Thursday! Blessings, D