Brown Soda Bread

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Brown Soda Bread Recipe
Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

Whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and steel-cut oats (also called Irish oatmeal) make this a super-healthy interpretation of the classic Irish bread.

12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


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Cooking spray
11.25 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup steel-cut oats (such as McCann's)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Coat a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, and coat with cooking spray.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flours and next 6 ingredients (through salt). Combine buttermilk and egg; add to flour mixture. Stir just until combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert bread onto a wire rack; cool completely. Remove parchment; slice bread into 12 slices.

Created date

February 2010

Nutritional Information

Calories 160
Fat 1.8 g
Satfat 0.5 g
Monofat 0.2 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 7.2 g
Carbohydrate 30.8 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 286 mg
Calcium 86 mg