Irish Brown Bread with Honey Butter

Oh my.  I love this this bread.  I have been known to sit with a chunk of this bread and the whole bowl of honey butter and just savor the nutty, yummy, sweet and creamy goodness.  Try to have a little more restraint than me!  I dare ya’!

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Makes one round loaf with 8-10 servings and ½ cup honey butter

For the Honey Butter:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
  1. Mix the butter and honey together thoroughly with a small spatula, mashing and mixing until smooth and creamy.
  2. Refrigerate until the bread is ready to serve.

For the Irish Brown Bread:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a medium to large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a whisk. With a pastry cutter with your fingers, cut in the butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in whole wheat flour and oats.
  3. Add sour cream OR yogurt and stir gently. Add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture holds together. It should not be sticky.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board or counter top and knead gently about 10 times to form a ball. Set on lightly greased baking sheet and pat down into a 7 inch round. With a floured knife, cut a large ‘X’ on the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake about 40 minutes until lightly browned.       Cool on a wire rack. Best served slightly warm and slathered with honey butter.
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