Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Brown Bread

I decided to make an Irish dinner for St. Patrick's Day.  I made Guinness Stew and Irish Brown Bread.  I found this recipe online and chose it over Irish Soda Bread because I don't like cooked raisins.  This bread had oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and yogurt.  I used greek yogurt because I could get it in a reasonably sized container and it worked just fine.  Make sure you let it get pretty brown because it makes a nice crusty bread.

The Verdict:  This bread was awesome!  It had a nice crunchy crust and a great taste and smell.  It was also very easy to make and looked great :)  

Irish Brown Bread
  • 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


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

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