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Irish brown bread

Medically reviewed on January 23, 2018

Serves 24

Dietitian Tip

A staple in Ireland, this hearty wheat bread is easy to make. It's typically cut into wedges and served with jam.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and dusting
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 F. Have ready a nonstick baking sheet.

In a bowl, combine the flours, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend. Add buttermilk and egg and stir just until moistened. The dough will be sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, gently knead it 8 to 10 times. Gather into a loose ball.

On the baking sheet, form the dough into a 7-inch round. Dust the top of dough with a small amount of flour. Cut a large (4-inch) X into the top of the dough, cutting about 1/2 inch deep.

Bake until the bread splits open at the X and makes a hollow sound when the underside is tapped, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 2 hours (ideally) before slicing.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving Size1 slice
Calories85
Carbohydrate15 g
Cholesterol9 mg
Fiber1.5 g
Protein4 g
Sodium170 mg
Monounsaturated FatTrace
Saturated FatTrace
Total Fat1 g

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