Kylemore Abbey Scones and Irish Brown Bread–two of the most memorable baked goods I had in Ireland last year. When we returned from our trip, I just knew I had to find a recipe for both!
With “divine intervention” I was able to find THE recipe for the scones, which I got directly from their website! Check out my post on Kylemore Abbey’s famous scones.
The Irish brown bread was harder to find. Thinking of Irish Soda Bread, I started with that search criteria. There were too many conflicting search results. Many of the results were Irish Soda Bread, which is a direct reference to the baking soda leavening agent used in this bread. Equally disappointing was that most of these Irish Soda Bread recipes contained raisins, which I know wasn’t in any of the brown breads that I had. The brown bread I had in Ireland was moist, crumbly, and most distinguishable contained a lovely nutty flavor. Most often, it was served with a very satiny, but not too rich veg soup.
So I limited my search on just Irish Brown Bread, without the word “soda”–and after scanning two pages of search results, one caught my eye. It must have been faith or even divine intervention again?! The website URL was marriedanirishfarmer.com. Our trip to Ireland last year was because my very own Sissy married an Irish farmer! I knew that I wouldn’t have to search any further and that this was the recipe.
Marriedanirishfarmer.com a.k.a Farmette, is a lovely blog written by Imen. I encourage you to visit her blog–It contains beautiful photos and tasty recipes, which are all intertwined with heartfelt accounts of her adventures in Ireland.
I’ve made her Irish Brown Bread a number of times and my family loves it! I did have to purchase Irish-style wholemeal flour, but trust me this is one ingredient that cannot be substituted.
The recipe below is a result of a few adjustments to Imen’s recipe. Mostly because I didn’t want to use up all of my cherished wholemeal flour. However, you can find the original recipe for her Irish Brown Bread on her website.
I highly recommend serving this warm with a pat of Kerrygold butter!
In America, it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day without green! I just had to add a touch of green. Yeah, go ahead and try to pinch me now!
Check out my other past St. Patrick’s Day posts.
This one I just had to smile and cringe–my older food photography days!
A personal favorite of mines–who doesn’t love Guinness in chocolate cake!