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Irish Brown Bread

Makes 24 slices 2 WW blue points each
Course: Appetizer, bread, Snack
Cuisine: American, irish, Southern
Keyword: brown bread, Irish Brown Bread, whole wheat bread
Author: Virginia Willis


  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil like sunflower


  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and oil. Stir to combine. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead a few times until it holds together. Shape into a ball and place in a skillet or on a baking sheet. Slice a deep cross into the loaf. Bake until brown and an instant read digital thermometer reads 200°-205°F. Remove the loaf to a rack to cool slightly, at least 10 minutes before slicing. When ready to serve slice into pieces with a serrated knife. Store in a sealable airtight container for up to 4 days.