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This is an Irish Traditional Brown Bread. The recipe originates from a restaurant, The Cobblestone Restaurant, on one of Galway's oldest streets in the heart of the city near the River Corrib.

Traditional Brown Bread

Recipe Ingredients

4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bran
4 teaspoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 egg

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 300-degrees.

Grease two 1/2-pound loaf pans or one one-pound loaf pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, bran, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well.

Add buttermilk, oil, and egg; quickly mix with wooden soon until well blended. Quick mixing gives it a light consistency.

Bring spoon high while mixing to let air into the batter. Mixture should have consistency of thick cake batter. If batter is too thick, add more buttermilk, 1-tablesoon at a time.

Pour into prepared loaf pans(s) and bake one hour.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 12 servings, or two 1/2-pound loaves of Brown Bread or one, 1-pound loaf.

Variation: Irish Brown Bread

Another classic Irish recipe, you can make this bread a day in advance and stored in an airtight container. Many enjoy putting smoked salmon spread over a slice of this bread. This is actually a very healthy recipe without many changes to reduce fat content.

15 ounces seedless raisins
1/4 cup butter
Egg substitute equivalent to 3 eggs
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In saucepan, place raisins then cover with water. Gently boil for 15 minutes. Drain, reserve 1 cup cooked liquid. In large bowl, add raisins and reserved cooking liquid. Add butter and cool. Mix in egg substitute. Sift all remaining ingredients. Stir in to raisin mixture. Bake in a greased, 10-inch tube pan at 350-degrees for one hour. Turn out on rack to cool. Recipe makes six servings.

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St. Patrick's Day Lore


St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737, and is now celebrated nationwide as an opportunity to wear green and consume green libations. The celebration in Ireland is more of a religious matter, whereas in the U.S., it's a festive occasion. The wearing o' the green is a symbol of Ireland's lush green farmlands.

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