Monday, March 11, 2019

Irish Brown Bread


I made some bread over the weekend to remind me of my dream vacation to Ireland that my late beloved and I took back in September, 2009.  Let's have a slice and some Irish tea, shall we?


 Of course, we must use some Kerrygold butter on our bread.  The teacup's design reminds me of Celtic knots.  The little harp vase was gifted to me several years ago. 

 My County Cork, Ireland teapot was a $1.50 thrifty find, and I think of my Great Grandmother Hannah that was born in that county.  Aren't my shamrock lights from the Dollar Tree a fun decor piece?


 My scruffy leprechaun was sent to me by my sister several years ago.  He has his pot of gold and a lucky bird by his side.  Maybe he was out and about harvesting potatoes?  My shamrock plant made it through the winter, a little unkempt, but will perk up soon.

Here are my mini loaves of Irish Brown Bread fresh from the oven.  When I worked at Frito-Lay years ago, I would bring loaves of my homemade bread that is made from a starter to my co-workers,  on a rotating basis.  Sometimes I would send home a loaf to my friend, and co-worker, Cindy's mom, who dearly loved the bread.  One Christmas, her mom bought me these darling loaf pans that I use so often.  I always think of Cindy and her late mom whenever I use them. 



Yield: 1 9 x 5" loaf, or 4 mini loaves

Irish Brown Bread

When my late beloved and I visited Ireland, the most delicious brown bread was served in tearooms, and restaurants. I've tried and tried to find the perfect recipe, and FINALLY stumbled upon The Barefoot Contessa's recipe. It is SO GOOD, full of hardy flavor, and has a moist texture.  It took me back to memories of our dream vacation.   I don't think I'll ever serve Irish Soda Bread again, after finding this recipe. I hope you try it!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant),  plus extra for sprinkling ( I used old fashioned oats and pulsed them in the food processor a bit)
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (I used light brown because that's what I had), lightly packed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 (11- to 12-ounce) bottle Guinness extra stout beer, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken (I used 4 T.  powdered buttermilk  + 1 cup water )
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (I added the dry buttermilk powder at this point).   In a separate bowl, whisk together the beer, buttermilk ( I added the water), melted butter, and vanilla. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well.   Stir the batter from the middle of the bowl to the outside, until it's well mixed. It will look more like cake batter than bread dough.
  3. Brush a 9 x 5 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan, or 4 mini loaf pans,  with melted butter, or use a cooking spray.   Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the top with oats. Put the bread in the oven, immediately turn the temperature down to 400 degrees, and bake for 45 minutes, or 30 minutes for the mini loaves,  until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn the bread out onto a baking rack and allow to cool completely. Slice and serve with salted butter.  You will be in Irish heaven!
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!  
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

31 comments:

  1. Oh, just look at all that Irish gorgeousness! Everything truly does put a smile on my face. The sweet little teapot....such a bargain. It certainly has the look of a more expensive pretty. The little vase is sweet and as for your scruffy leprechaun, how fun is he. To visit Ireland must have been the stuff of dreams. Dreams that will make your heart smile forever♥ Your home baked bread does look delicious. You certainly are a fabulous cook, lovely Kitty. Have a beautiful week, beautiful lady♥

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  2. What sweet decor you have! I have never visited Ireland, but can just imagine the most delicious brown bread they serve. We rented a cottage on a beach many years ago, and the multi-generation family that rented the cottage next door was from Ireland. The two older women brought us Irish soda bread with butter one morning! I will never forget how good it was. I've tried and tried to find the perfect recipe, and will try Barefoot Contessa's recipe. Have a good week! xo

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  3. Your bread sounds so delicious Kitty...I would love a slice this morning with a cup of Irish tea! Your leprechaun is adorable along with your St. Pat's Day decor and collection of pretty lace. What a bargain and find your pretty teapot was! I'm hoping to find a pot of Oxalis this week. ☘️ ♥

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  4. Oh that bread sure looks good.

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  5. The bread looks delicious and your Irish themed tea party is a delight! How wonderful to have sweet memories of visiting the old country with your Beloved. πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’š

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  7. What a cute vignette for St. Pat's Kitty, and how perfect to bake Irish bread and serve it with Kerrygold butter! I know your co workers loved the home baked treat! I'm glad you are enjoying very special memories...
    Jenna

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  8. I love your gorgeous greens!That teacup is very elegant.Hugs,dear Kitty!Have a lovely week!

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  9. I have never made brown bread before. Being Irish myself, maybe I should give it a try. It sounds easy enough not having to worry about yeast, rising, etc. Your decor is so charming. How wonderful to bring back fond memories.

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  10. What a cut post, Kitty! You are ready to celebrate with St. Pat. I'll pass the recipe on to the chef. The bread looks delicious!

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  11. The bread looks amazing Kitty. Oh I know you must have wonderful memories of Ireland with your sweetheart. I can only imagine. I missed seeing Cissy in the pictures....(smiles) I haven't made homemade breads in a while. I hope you are doing well dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. Your St Patrick's table is wonderful, Kitty. I love the greens! I'm sure you have many fond memories of Ireland. I love the cute teapot. I never see shamrocks on anything around here. I think all the Irish here must have bought them all. I'm going to keep an eye out for a shamrock plant. It's been a while since I had one. Have a wonderful week, dear Kitty. Hugs

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  13. What a fun Irish-themed table. I have some green teawares, but would love to add a shamrock design to my collection.

    I never knew that you worked at Frito-Lay...is this the same company that makes chips?

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  14. Your post always brighten my day Kitty... My hubby's birthday is March 17th so he thinks he's Irish( Ha Ha)..We try to make the most of St. Patricks Day since we have so many March B'Days... You really do have the best recipes...I love dark, whole wheat breads...Thank You... Those green shamrock lights really made me smile ..They are almost neon...Too wonderful and appropriate for this Happy Day...I would really enjoy a cup of tea from your shamrock teapot ... I'd even share my tea with your little leprechaun...Sweet Post....Hugs

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  15. Kitty, that bread does look delicious and your tea party a perfect place setting for this time of year! Your leprechaun is a little scary to me. I'd give him my gold if he asked me too! xo

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  16. Oh Kitty, that bread looks absolutely heavenly! Visiting Ireland one day is on my bucket list. A perfect way to celebrate St. Paddy's Day, I'd say! Blessings on your week!

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  17. What a sweet and lovely way to reminiscence about your trip to Ireland with your late husband, I imagine such very special memories are dear in your heart! The brown bread looks so delicious, and topped with Kerrygold butter, oh my! I love your little tea party setting, always just such a delight, and lights always add a cozy feeling :) Blessings and hugs to you :)

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  18. My grandmother on my dad's side was Irish and she made that bread, oh so good!
    You always have such a sweet table setting and the fire looks lovely.
    I'm sure you have some wonderful memories of your time in Ireland with your beloved husband.

    God bless you, Kitty ♡

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  19. Hi Kitty, I love the way you set up your table for St. Patrick’s Day. The bread sounds so good. I will have to make this bread sometime. Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Have a nice week and a happy St. Patrick’s Day.
    Julie

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  20. Este pΓ£o parece uma delΓ­cia!
    A mesa ficou muito bonita.
    bjs

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  21. Oh yum, I should definitely try this recipe!☺

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  22. Happy day to you, my sweet friend! I wish I could drop in for a little visit so that we could have tea and Irish bread together. I would LOVE to hear about your time in Ireland while with your precious husband. Maybe someday...

    I hope you are well, dear Kitty, and I hope your week has been extra beautiful. Sending love and hugs your way!

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  23. I don't think I've ever had Irish brown bread, but the ingredient list sounds delicious and your loaves look perfect. What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's day!

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  24. Kitty, it's quite different from my Irish Brown Bread - mine is a soft dough rather than a batter - but it looks and sounds delicious! It's wonderful that you had that amazing vacation with your beloved - more beautiful memories. Happy Almost Spring!

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  25. How neat your great grandmother was born in Ireland! Love all your Irish vignettes. Your brown bread sounds great. I tried it once but I like your recipe better than the one I used.
    Your special trip and memories I know are dear to your heart!

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  26. I knew I could count on you sweet Kitty for a tasty Irish treat! Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

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  27. Hi Kitty,
    I love your St. Patrick's Day Table setting with that delicious Irish Brown Bread! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us for our special St. Patrick's Day Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

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  28. It looks delicious. I love how you styled your post. The leprechaun is adorable.

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  29. That trip must have been truly wonderful, Kitty! I love all of your Irish decorations and the brown bread looks delicious. Such an interesting story about Frito Lay too :)

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  30. Perfect St Patricks Day post.

    All the best Jan

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