Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Brown Bread...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

In Honor of St. Patrick, I am sharing a yummy and hearty Brown Irish Bread. I fell in love with the recipe because it didn't call for kneading, rising time, or any of that time commitment that usually comes with making bread.

Nope, It went from bowl, to bread pan, to oven in about 10 minutes. Then 50 minutes later I had the most delicious bread that went amazingly well with the Corn Beef and Cabbage I cooked up. Just click on the link to see that perfect recipe!

I used this bread as a sponge to soak up that yummy juice that ran like a river off the meat and cabbage. It was the perfect compliment.
But it would also be great with a Spinach and Feta Scramble in the morning (recipe coming soon!), or spread with a little sugar free Apple Butter, or with a nice tall glass of milk.

Okay, it would be great with pretty much anything you like!

I used Buttermilk, but in the end this didn't end up being high in fat or calories and the fiber you will get from the Whole Wheat flour helps aide digestion not to mention there is 5.5 grams of protein in this bread!
Not to shabby and you know that I would never share a recipe that didn't make me smile! This made me laugh out loud and I hope you get some laughter and fun out of it too.

Oh and don't forget to lay a big fat kiss on anyone you know is Irish!


Irish Brown Bread (Just Like Mum Used to Make)
Adapted from 101cookbooks

3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup White Bread Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 Cups Buttermilk (1 Pint)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Egg

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl combine the wheat flour, white flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir with a whisk to incorporate the dry ingredients.
3. In a separate cup, combine the buttermilk, olive oil, and egg. Whisk the wet ingredients together until egg is incorporated.
4. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until a thick cake-batter-like consistency is reached. It will be a moist sticky dough. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray and pour the batter evenly into the pan. Smooth the bread out evenly in the pan with a spatula.
5. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Your house will start smelling amazing! It is just delicious to say the least. Thick heart bread to go with your Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's day!

Servings: 16 (one slice)

Nutritional Skinny:

136 calories / 2.1 g fat / 24.5 g carbohydrates / 2.8 g fiber / 5.5 g protein

Mental Health Tip: This bread is dense, delicious, and so worth it. It isn't the lowest calorie bread, but sometimes it's okay to splurge. If you are concerned and want to save a few calories though and add protein you can substitute the butter for 2 tbsp. of Plain Greek Yogurt. It will be delicious and save you the fat and add protein. Although with 5.5 g of protein already this bread is looking pretty good!

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