Irish Brown Bread



I have been fairly out of pocket the last few weeks. It’s tough to keep a full time job, work on a food site & get your home ready for the holidays. I vowed to get ahead this weekend and pile up a few holiday recipes.

Being part of a big Irish family forces you to search until the perfect brown recipe appears, and this one belongs to Mr. Matty Murphy, the former owner of Matt Murphy’s Pub in Brookline, Massachusetts. I indulged in this bread way too many times when I lived near there, and was too happy when his recipe was published in the Boston Globe earlier this year.

This brown bread recipe will be a hearty addition to your holiday table. I often slice it up into 4-bite pieces and serve it alongside some rich soft butter.

Brown Soda Bread

This recipe belongs to Keri Fisher and Matty Murphy, and I’m so grateful for it this time of year!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • Extra all-purpose flour (for sprinkling)


  1. Set the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour a baking sheet. You could also use a silpat.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Add the buttermilk and stir gently until just combined; the mixture will be very sticky.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and gently shape it into an oblong disk. Lift the dough carefully and bend the sides of the dough back, causing the top of the disk to break open and look crackly. Set it on the floured baking sheet.
  4. Cut an X or straight line into the dough, about 1/2 inch deep. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes or until it's brown and the bread sounds hollow wen rapped no the bottom with your knuckles.
  5. Cool the bread on a wire rack or, in my case, an Irish tea towel, for 10 minutes before serving.

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

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