Irish Seeded Brown Bread Recipe

Irish Seeded Brown Bread

This Irish Seeded Brown Bread is a rustic peasant bread made with whole grains and seeds; pumpkin, poppy, flax, sunflower and  sesame.

A variation of it is served all over Ireland at any time of day. It is especially good slathered with Kerry Gold Irish Butter and served with hearty cream soups, like our Creamy Winter Root Vegetable Soup Recipe.

Scroll down to see photo’s I took of a 300 year old country farm cottage and the type of fireplace that this bread would have been baked on generations ago.


Irish Seeded Brown Bread Recipe
This quick bread recipe is typical of centuries old peasant bread. It is easy to make and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and vital trace nutrients.
Posey Salem:
Cuisine: Irish
Recipe type: Bread
Yield: 8-10
  • ¾ cup unbleached bread flour
  • 1⅓ cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbs bran
  • 2 tbs wheatgerm
  • 2 heaping tsp baking powder (without aluminum)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbs green pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 tbs molasses
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Prepare a standard size bread loaf pan by oiling it with olive oil.
  3. In large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and the seeds.
  4. Make a well in the center and add the molasses.
  5. Pour in half of the milk and stir. Continue to add enough milk to forma thick batter - you do not want it to become loose and sloppy.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 20 minutes or until bread rises.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue to bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
  8. Remove loaf pan from the oven and ease the loaf out of the pan. Run a knife between the pan and the loaf if need be. Tap the loaf on the bottom and if it sounds hollow, it is likely done baking. If it does not sound hollow, return it to the loaf pan and the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. When baked, remove from loaf pan and allow to cool on a baking rack.
  10. Makes 1 loaf of bread.


Irish Cottage
This is a photo I took of a 300 year old Irish Cottage with a thatched roof.
The original, 300 year old thatch, can be seen from the inside of the cottage.
When the outer thatch becomes worn from wind and weather the roofers just put a new outer layer on the structure, keeping the original thatch in place.

Irish Cottage Fireplace
Here is a photo of a kitchen fireplace that is typical of those found in country farm cottages all over Ireland.
This is where meals were prepared for hundreds of years.
It still serves to provide heat for the cottage in the winter and to heat water for tea several times a day.
We hope you enjoy the Irish Seeded Brown Bread.
Don’t forget to try it with our Creamy Winter Root Vegetable Soup Recipe for an authentic Irish meal that is healthy, hearty and delicious.
Every Blessing,
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