How to make it

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Generously oil an 8" x 5" loaf pan. Dust it with dried breadcrumbs.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the molasses and stir in enough milk to give the batter a "moist but not sloppy" texture.
  • Turn the batter into the prepared pan and shake to level.
  • Bake somewhere between 6 to 20 minutes, keeping an eye on the bread to see when it has risen.
  • When it has risen reduce the heat to 325 and continue to bake for another hour.
  • run a knife around the inner sides of the pan to loosen the bread and ease it out.
  • If, when tapped on the bottom the bread sounds hollow, it is done. Otherwise place it back in the oven just on the rack without its pan, and bake a bit more, until it passes the "hollow test", about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Slice to serve and accompany with softened butter.

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  • analot 6 years ago
    Hi Borinda, I made this bread today and everyone loved it - I changed milk for buttermilk and put some sesame seeds on top but otherwise same recipe and it was delicious! I also added a photo. Thanks!
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  • maggiehc 6 years ago
    This sounds wonderful! I needed a simple not sweet quickbread recipe and I love that there is no buttermilk, it makes it so much easier to convert to dairy-free. Thanks for the recipe!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Hey there my friend! I wanted to let you know that I made your bread on Sunday and it was so delicious. I ate so much...and will be making this many more times. Thank you very much - you brought a taste of Ireland in my life. =)

    Smiles,
    Vickie
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    How did I miss this? Thanks so much for pointing me here, Borinda. I'll make this tomorrow - how wonderful. I'm so excited! I'll report back...can't wait...
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  • debra47 6 years ago
    Just had to search for this recipe on your pages after you had mentioned making it. Took a look at the ingredients and it sounds wonderful. Will let you know when I make it.
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  • rosemaryblue 7 years ago
    Going to try this in the morning. Thanks for sharing. YUM :)
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  • riverznnd 7 years ago
    Brown soda bread is THE staple bread there. Wherever we went, the brown bread came out on the table and every loaf was different. Some is a little sweet, some definitely not. It's very good and it's very good for you.
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  • krumkake 7 years ago
    That sounds amazingly good - I love a bread with a sweeet undertone...thanks for sharing this!!! I can't wait to try it.
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  • bulloney 7 years ago
    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a good idea for a simple dinner, with soup of course!
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  • skystone 7 years ago
    PS, we hear that health care professionals can get green cards to work in Ireland. We are considering, but have never been to Ireland. Comments?
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  • skystone 7 years ago
    This looks fabulous! I can't wait to try it.
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    PS -- yes, it is a soft bread and almost cake-like as it is sweet but it is very dense and filling. Utterly heavenly.
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    Yes, it was my first visit there and I do hope to return. The place is beautiful and looks as I'd imagined. The people couldn't have been nicer, we always felt safe, it's easy to get around with many options and many more destinations. Then there's the food.... mmmm. We ate so incredibly well whether pub food or restaurants. Very fresh and real ingredients nicely presented. Even Starbucks had pretty pastries though we pigged out one afternoon in a French patisserie, not Starbucks.
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  • unswissmiss 7 years ago
    Welcome back! Was it your first time in Ireland?

    Does this recipe make a soft brown bread? I had this amazing loaf when I was there (in Connemara) a couple of years ago, but unfortunately when I asked for the recipe, the waitress looked at me strange and said, "It's just brown bread." Um... no, it's not.
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  • sher 7 years ago
    This sounds great have bookmarked and printed and will be baking this evening. Thanks
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  • pudgy47 7 years ago
    I booked marked this recipe, a must make. Glad you had a wonderful time in Wicklow.
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    Thanks - we had a terrific time and walked and walked and walked... finally we had to take excursions to enforce sitting on buses and resting our feet. It was during one out to the Wicklow Mountains that we went to Avoca, a truly adorable town. Apparently it was used for the backdrop for some Canadian TV show so the Canadians were all excited to see it. When we had this bread with soup on a really dreary day I immediately knew it was a recipe I wanted to make and share. I bought a couple of their cookbooks, for myself and as gifts.
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    paprikamama ate it and said...
    wow....youre back already...hope you 2 had a great time....and what a treat...you brought back a great recipe for us too...LOLOLOL...Im gonna have to try this soon...sounds too good not to.....Thanks for sharing it with us all.
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