Yum-Yum Thursday – Irish Brown Bread

This week on The Midnight Goose–you’re getting a Yum-Yum Thursday in addition to the regular Yum-Yum Friday.  Why?  ‘Cause St. Paddy’s Day is Saturday.  And who doesn’t need two Irish(ish) recipes to help celebrate Saint Patrick?  When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, Americans love to wear green, celebrate their Irish roots (even if they have absolutely none), drink whiskey and Guinness (or anything alcoholic really), and eat lots of good food.  I mean, it’s a holiday my fatass can’t really hate.

Anyhoozles, I’m going to show you how to make Irish Brown Bread.  And when you make this bread, make sure to serve it with the recipe I’m sharing tomorrow.  It will change. your. life.  Let’s start…

Ingredients

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup oats (you can use Minute Oats–even though people say you can’t)

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp cold butter

1 3/4 cup buttermilk

2 tbsp molasses

Side note: these are precise measurements needed, but you can add up to 4 tbsp molasses if you want the extra flavor and sweetness.  I personally gag when eating molasses by itself, but in this bread, it’s heavenly!

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Just to let you know–the toaster, coffee maker, soap, scrubber–all the things you always see in the background–you don’t need those.  They add nothing to the taste of the recipes.

Instructions

***PREHEAT YOUR OVEN TO 375 DEGREES***

First thing to do is cut your butter into your flours and oats.  Okay.  I used some machinery today, ’cause Tubbly was feeling lazy.  I added my flours, oats, salt, baking powder, and cut up butter to my food processor to get them cut in together.

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The missus was helping with this one.  That’s JoJo’s beautimus hand right there.

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Cut in butter finale!

Next, I took the lazy route again, and dumped the flour/butter mixture into my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.  Then I added my buttermilk and molasses.

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Then I set it to low speed (setting 2) for roughly a minute and a half.

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Dough thoroughly mixed

The next step is to turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface–my counter top!

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This dough is pretty hearty and does not need a lot of love.  However, knead it for about 30 seconds, making sure it is not too sticky or too dry, and is easily molded.

Then form the dough into one large ball before cutting it roughly in half.

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Form each half into it’s own round loaf.

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My consistency in baking is not great.  So one loaf will be bigger.  Big whoop.  I ain’t got time to worry about all that.

Anyhoozles, cut a deep “X” across each loaf and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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Place the pan in the middle rack of your 375 degree preheated oven (you did preheat it, right?!?!), and bake for 35-45 minutes.

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Viola! Two loaves of Irish Brown Bread.  Cut it into slices, slather it in butter, and chow down.  Tear it into hunks, drizzle it with honey, and tear it up!  Or, wait until tomorrow, and see how JoJo and I utilized our Irish Brown Bread….

Until next time…

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2 comments

    1. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with “manual” mixers. But on lazy days, some machinery is very nice!

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