Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread has a crisp crust and tender crumb, begging for butter. Make this recipe in one hour with simple ingredients!

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Irish soda bread has a crisp crust and tender crumb, begging for butter. Make this recipe in one hour with simple ingredients!

A loaf of Irish soda bread sliced.

Following the lead of the traditional Irish recipe, we are making a simple bread that comes together quickly with just a few ingredients.

We get the same crispy outer crust and tender inner crumb, but amp it up with a little richness. It’s perfect for pairing with my Guiness Beef Stew on St. Patrick’s Day (or any day, really)!

I’ve made a ton of variations on traditional Irish soda bread over the years – scones, brown bread, whiskey soda bread with Irish whiskey butter, and rye soda bread – however, this original classic version continues to be my absolute favorite. It bakes up with a fabulous crisp crust and a light, tender crumb. It’s the perfect vehicle for slathering on embarrassing amounts of Kerrygold butter.

Loaf of Irish soda bread with butter and jam.

What is Irish soda bread

This easy bread is considered an iconic Irish recipe, like Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef.

It’s an adaptation of a quick bread developed by American settlers in the 1700s. The American version was made with potash – a precursor to modern-day baking soda.

By the mid-1800s, sodium bicarbonate (the scientific name for baking soda) became commercially available in Europe and Irish soda bread was born.

In Ireland, the traditional soda bread recipe contains only four ingredients:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Salt
  3. Buttermilk
  4. Low-Protein Flour

They are mixed together just until a rough dough forms and baked golden brown.

The resulting bread has a crispy exterior and soft, tender interior. It welcomes butter and is perfect for sopping up a delicious stew.

Ingredients for Irish soda bread mise en place.

The Ingredients

  • Flour – One of the main differences in a classic soda bread recipe and the ingredients in this one is the flour. The wheat produced in Ireland was low in protein. Being low in protein meant it didn’t have enough structure to work well with yeast in bread recipes. This being said, the flour was much softer, so it did work marvelously with baking soda!These days, all-purpose flour has a higher protein than the flour in the traditional bread. As a result, we will add some cake flour, which has a lower protein count. Blending cake flour with all-purpose provides the perfect protein ratio for this bread.
  • Acidity – The traditional recipe relies on buttermilk reacting with baking soda to create the leavener. This recipe boosts it with the addition of cream of tartar.
  • Sugar – There’s a small amount of sugar in this recipe. Not much, just two tablespoons. This helps balance out the saltiness from both the salt and baking soda.
  • Butter – This recipe calls for the addition of butter. Butter gives the bread extra richness, more flavor, and a softer crumb.

Side by side photos of Irish soda bread batter being mixed together.

How to make Irish soda bread

Because this is a “quick bread” recipe, the process is very easy and only takes about ten minutes!

  1. Prepare the Oven
    Preheat your oven to 400°F. Also, adjust the rack to the middle-top position, to ensure you get a beautiful golden-brown crust.
  2. Prepare the Base
    Break out a large mixing bowl, and dump in your dry ingredients: flours, salt, sugar, and cream of tartar. Whisk them together with a fork, and then add the softened butter.
    Use the back of your fork or your fingers to smush the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  3. Make the Dough
    Use your fork to stir in the buttermilk just until the dough comes together. Turn it out onto a well-floured counter and gently work the dough until it’s bumpy and cohesive.
    Form it into a 6” disc, place onto a 12” cast iron skillet or parchment-lined baking sheet. Score the top of your loaf with an X so that it can expand in the oven.
  4. Bake the Bread
    Place the loaf in your preheated oven and bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. The interior should be 180°F when read with an instant-read thermometer. Baking should take 40-45 minutes.
    Brush the loaf with your melted butter and allow it to cool completely (about 30-40 minutes) before slicing, serving, and enjoying!

A loaf of baked Irish soda bread in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • For the quickest bread make sure to have all your ingredients measured and in place before you begin.
  • Do not knead the dough until it is smooth. Stop once it is lumpy and cohesive – about 12-14 turns. If you knead it until it’s smooth, your finished bread will be tough.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet for the crispiest crust. A baking sheet will work fine, but there’s something magical about cast iron.
  • To store the bread wrap it well in plastic wrap and keep it at room temperature for up to three days.
  • Reheat slices of the bread in a toaster oven at 350F until the outside is crisp.

Sliced Irish soda bread

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread has a crisp crust and tender crumb, begging for butter. Make this recipe in one hour with simple ingredients!
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1 loaf)
Calories 203kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoons cream of tartar
  • teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • Adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or your fingertips until the texture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir with a fork just until the dough begins to come together. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead just until the dough becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. (Do not knead until the dough is smooth, or the bread will turn out tough.)
  • Pat the dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Score the dough by cutting a cross shape on the top of the loaf.
  • Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, or the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F on an instead-read thermometer, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven and brush the surface with the melted butter. Cool to room temperature before slicing, about 30 to 40 minutes. Leftovers should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Originally published in 2009, this has been updated to include new photos and more in-depth recipe tips.

[photos by Ari of Well Seasoned]

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The Luckiest Rice Krispie Treats.

Why yes, I am making lucky charms krispie treats! I’m putting on my slightly wonky, embarrassed emoji face. Because we’re doing this today. With everything going on in our world right now, I figured a little throwback, simple, trashed up rice krispie treat would do the trick for Saint Patrick’s Day… that we will probably […]

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Why yes, I am making lucky charms krispie treats!

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

I’m putting on my slightly wonky, embarrassed emoji face. Because we’re doing this today.

lucky charms marshmallows

With everything going on in our world right now, I figured a little throwback, simple, trashed up rice krispie treat would do the trick for Saint Patrick’s Day… that we will probably all spend at home! While I photographed this recipe weeks ago in anticipation for the holiday, its retro vibe is giving me all the feels for one of my favorite childhood treats. 

Honestly, right now I’m in constant not-trying-to-panic mode. As someone who has had major anxiety over sickness and my loved ones getting sick since I was a child, I’m trying not to freak out. So we’re staying home and I’ll be cooking up a storm with what I can – mostly to distract myself and feed everyone delicious food and hopefully give you a few minutes to take your mind off everything.

I’ll be doing what I do right here everyday, so please stop in and chat! 

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

Now!

Big time question for you. How do you feel about the marshmallows?

I know some people looooaaathe them. The crisp, crunch, almost like styrofoam. Eddie has a severe aversion to styrofoam (it’s funny) so he can’t even IMAGINE eating the marshmallows. 

But I’m the odd one out and love the texture. While I’ve never really cared to eat a bowl of Lucky Charms with milk, I DO want to crunch on a few marshmallows here and there.

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

So, this is kind of my dream. Crisp, chewy, marshmallowy rice krispie treats studded with lucky charms marshmallows AND topped with them.

Also, side note – the marshmallows today are so ridiculous and outrageous! When I was a kid, they looked nothing like this. 

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

If you want to make a fun, embarrassingly easy treat at home, I’ve got you. We all need a little nostalgia right now! 

 If you want to make something a little more complicated, yet still festive, try these lucky charms cupcakes! Or this one bowl whiskey fudge cake

And if you want to pretend that we can make lucky charms halfway decent, there’s this cereal milk chia pudding too. 

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

Look at that crispy crunchiness.

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

The rainbows are definitely my favorite!

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

This is obviously a treat you can make ahead of time. One you can slice and package up for someone too.

Oh and you can also make a larger pan, I just happen to like really thick rice krispie treats. So I go with a square pan.

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

The texture freak in me can’t help it.

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

While it’s not some wild and crazy new recipe, Max absolutely LOVED doing this and thought it was so fun. It’s such a simple and festive way to get a quick treat out for Saint Patrick’s Day!

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

Lucky Charms Krispie Treats

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Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 squares
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 10- ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • 6 to 7 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 2 cups lucky charms marshmallows (or as many as you can find in the bag!

Instructions

  • Line a 9x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick spray. You can also use a 9x13 inch baking dish, the squares just won't be as thick!
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Once the butter is melted and even a little browned, stir in the mini marshmallows. Stir until the mixture is creamy and the marshmallows have melted.
  • Turn off the heat and fold in the rice krispies. Completely mix until all the rice cereal is mixed in. Stir in 1 cup of the lucky charms marshmallows and fold them in for a few minutes. Press the mixture into the dish. I like to press it down with a piece of parchment paper so it gets super smooth on top and it doesn't stick to the spoon. Then I press the remaining lucky charm marshmallows into the top! Let them set for about an hour. Slice into squares and serve!

These lucky charms rice krispie treats are a throwback recipe to one of my favorite childhood treats! Here's a little festive twist for Saint Patrick's Day.

Those colors though!

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Guinness Stew

If you’ve never tried cooking with a dark stout beer, this Guinness Stew will surprise you. Braising stew meat in Guinness and beef stock leaves you with the best Irish beef stew you’ll ever eat, even if you’re not a fan of Guinness! I have never understood the need to don myself in head to […]

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If you’ve never tried cooking with a dark stout beer, this Guinness Stew will surprise you. Braising stew meat in Guinness and beef stock leaves you with the best Irish beef stew you’ll ever eat, even if you’re not a fan of Guinness!

Three white bowls of Guinness stew on a white surface

I have never understood the need to don myself in head to toe green gear and head into jam-packed bars to simply rub up against sweaty, intoxicated people and drink enough green beer that my tongue takes on a disgusting shade of chartreuse.

Although I am not an avid fan of this holiday or the spirits that accompany it, I do love all things Irish food.
Out of respect for those many devoted fans, most of whom aren’t remotely Irish by the way, I thought I would join in the festivities by creating a fantastic meal to help them soak up all of that green beer.

I mean, I am officially 1/19 Irish, so I needed to do something, right? And, what better pair with St. Patrick’s Day than a hearty Guinness Stew?
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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

This shamrock shake recipe is a homemade spin on the famous St. Patrick’s Day-inspired minty green milkshake from McDonald’s.

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This shamrock shake recipe is a homemade spin on the famous St. Patrick’s Day-inspired minty green milkshake from the iconic fast-food restaurant… AND McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020! Use this shake recipe and enjoy a homemade version at any time.

Three milkshake glasses filled with green shamrock shakes.

The month of March has become synonymous with McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes – minty, green and wonderfully thick, they definitely lure more than a few people into the drive-thru for a quick shamrock shake fix. While they seem to come out earlier each year, they used to be available only on St. Patrick’s Day; sometimes they sold out before the day was even done!

As with most favorite store-bought treats, I love being able to recreate them at home with my own ingredients, and this McDonald’s shamrock shake copycat recipe is no exception.

Only four simple ingredients and five minutes, and you’ll be on your way to minty milkshake heaven.

Whether you’re looking for a holiday treat or a quick, refreshing dessert, this shamrock shake recipe is sure to please your taste buds no matter what time of year it is!

An overhead shot of a blender with vanilla ice cream and drops of green food coloring.

How Do You Make a Shamrock Shake?

It’s easy to make! You only need a few ingredients to make a shake at home.

A balance of ice cream and milk keeps the consistency nice and thick, mint extract gives a punch of flavor, and green food coloring gives it that characteristic hue.

With just two simple steps, you’ll learn how to make a milkshake that’s creamy and full of flavor.

A blender with homemade McDonald's shamrock shake.

Let’s Give It a Whirl!

This copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake recipe is ready in just five minutes.

  1. Add all your ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. Adding sprinkles or a maraschino cherry can make it extra festive.

Tips & Tricks

  • Green color: If you want a darker shade of green, you’ll need a few more drops of food coloring. You can also try a gel food color, which is more concentrated. You typically only need 2-3 drops of food gel for every 10 drops of food coloring.
  • Mint extract: Plain mint extract uses spearmint, which is much milder than peppermint. Peppermint extract contains significantly more menthol, which gives it a more intense flavor. Either extract will work in a shamrock shake, although plain mint is traditional. Just keep in mind that if you use peppermint extract, you will get a stronger punch of mint flavor. Think peppermint candy canes versus Thin Mints. As a result, you may want to use a little less.
  • Adjusting consistency: Play around with the ratio of ice cream to milk to make your shake exactly how thick you like it. Start off with the amounts given in the recipe. Then add more ice cream if you want it to be thicker or more milk to thin it out.

Three McDonald's shamrock shakes with gold coins.

Adjustments & Substitutions

Can I add alcohol to a shamrock shake?

If you want to make your shamrock shake with alcohol, spike away! Crème de menthe would be a great substitute for the mint extract, but you may need to double or triple the amount to get that strong minty flavor. You could also experiment with mint and whipped cream vodkas if you’d like.

Can I make it vegan or dairy-free?

It is possible to make this a vegan and dairy-free shake recipe. However, to keep the flavor and consistency the same, be careful with your substitutions. Oat or soy milk ice cream will have a similar creamy texture. Coconut milk ice cream will work too, but it might be slightly grainy.

For a milk substitute, you’ll want to choose something with a neutral flavor and thicker consistency. Again, oat and soy milks are probably your best options. If you want to use coconut milk, full fat canned will work best. Rice milk is very neutral, but it’s thinner so you’ll need less.

You can leave off the whipped topping or use a non-dairy substitute. Most stores carry spray whipped cream made from almond or coconut milk, or you can find homemade recipes online.

Would this be good with a different flavor of ice cream?

You can definitely experiment with different ice cream flavors. Regular chocolate, mint chocolate chip, or even pistachio might be good ones to try.

Three empty milkshake glasses

Find more milkshake recipes here:

Malted Vanilla Milkshake
Cap’n Crunch Milkshake
White Russian Winter Milkshake
Pretzel, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Malted Milkshake
Fluffernutter Milkshake

I hope you’ll put this on your menu for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime you get a craving for a minty milkshake! If you make it, I’d love if you would take a moment to stop back and share a review below. ENJOY! 😍

Three milkshake glasses filled with copycat McDonald's shamrock shakes.
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McDonald's Shamrock Shake

A homemade spin on the famous St. Patrick's Day-inspired minty green milkshake from McDonald's.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 537kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon mint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  • Place the ice cream, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Divide between two glasses, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Green color: If you want a darker shade of green, you’ll need a few more drops of food coloring. You can also try a gel food color, which is more concentrated. You typically only need 2-3 drops of food gel for every 10 drops of food coloring.
  • Mint extract: Plain mint extract uses spearmint, which is much milder than peppermint. Peppermint extract contains significantly more menthol, which gives it a more intense flavor. Traditional shamrock shakes use plain mint extract, but either will work. Just keep in mind that if you use peppermint extract, you will get a stronger punch of mint flavor.
  • Adjusting consistency: Play around with the ratio of ice cream to milk to make your shake exactly how thick you like it. Add more ice cream if it needs to be thicker or more milk to thin it out.
  • Adding alcohol: Feel free to make this a spiked milkshake! Crème de menthe would be a great substitute for the mint extract, but you may need to double or triple the amount to get that strong minty flavor. You could also experiment with mint and whipped cream vodkas if you’d like.
  • Vegan and dairy-free versions: Oat or soy milk make great substitutes for the milk; if you use coconut milk, be sure to go for the full-fat canned version. If you use rice milk, use less since it is thinner. Oat and soy based ice creams will also work well; if you use coconut milk ice cream, the milkshake may have a grainier texture.
  • Different flavors of ice cream: You could totally experiment with different ice cream flavors. Regular chocolate, mint chocolate chip, or even pistachio might be good ones to try.
Nutritional values are based on one shake

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 465mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Originally published in 2011, this has been updated to include new photos, a helpful video tutorial, and more in-depth recipe tips.

[photos by Dee of One Sarcastic Baker]

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Irish Stout Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings.

I’m cruising into the week with a hearty irish beef stew! That has DUMPLINGS. Omg. Before spring hits us in full force, I must sneak in one more serious comfort food. Because it’s everything. And that’s what we have here. Serious comfort food. Cue all the exclamation points! You guys LOVE my guinness short ribs […]

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I’m cruising into the week with a hearty irish beef stew! That has DUMPLINGS. Omg.

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

Before spring hits us in full force, I must sneak in one more serious comfort food. Because it’s everything. And that’s what we have here.

Serious

comfort

food.

Cue all the exclamation points!

irish stew ingredients

You guys LOVE my guinness short ribs and guinness pot pie with beer bread biscuits. I knew I wanted to make one more delicious stout infused recipe for saint patrick’s day – and why not do a play on one of theeee most popular recipes on the blog: chicken and dumplings! Also one of my personal favorites.

P.S. this might just be the last soup of the season?! Kind of makes me sad but oh man am I ready for SUNSHINE and spring. 

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

But let’s take a back a minute. To some cool and chilly weather that will no doubt rear its ugly head here. And to a delish recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day. Frankly, it can work anytime of year, but it will be super good next week.

Just sayin’.

stew dumplings

So the base of this stew is ridiculously flavorful. Onions, potatoes, carrots – the works, hit with a bunch of seasonings and cooked with tomato paste until deep and rich and caramely in flavor. And color. This might be the best base for any stew I’ve ever made.

Next up, we use a bit of beer and a lot of beef stock, the beef itself and a few more herbs.

The result is a silky, rich, decadent stew. And to make it even more rich? Let’s just go ahead and add some bread right there in our stew. Oops! 

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

Finally, the dumplings.

The herbed dumplings are so good. What I love about these are that you can truly make them any size you wish. Do super mini dumpling dough balls or big ones that you can split in half. 

Melts in your mouth!

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

Actually this entire bowl will melt in your mouth. The veggies are soft, the beef is tender. The broth is silky and smooth. It’s obviously a complete meal already, but adding in those dumplings? It’s the epitome of comfort and satiety.

The perfect bowl of love for your Monday!

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

Irish Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings

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Irish Stout Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into pieces
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 baby yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 ounces stout beer, like guinness
  • 4 cups beef stock

herb dumplings

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  • Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the oil. Toss the beef piece with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then toss them with the flour so all the pieces are coated.
  • Add the beef to the pot and sear until each side is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. You may need to do this in batches. Remove the beef pieces with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate until ready to use.
  • To the same pot, toss in the butter, onions and garlic. Stir and toss, scraping the bottom so you remove some of the brown bits of flavor from the beef. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Stir in the potatoes and carrots with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and make sure all the pieces are coated. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes to develop the flavor, stirring often so the tomato paste doesn’t burn on the bottom. Add the beef back to the pot.
  • Pour in the stout to deglaze the pan. Stir to release any more bits of flavor from the bottom. Stir in the beef stock. Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until the beef is tender and falling apart. You can simmer it for even longer as long as it’s covered! I like to taste it here and see if it needs any additional salt and pepper. If so, add it!
  • To make the dumplings, whisk together the flour, baking powder, herbs and salt in a large bowl. Combine the milk and the eggs, then stir into the flour until just mixed. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes.
  • Once the beef is tender, uncover the soup and add spoonfuls of the dumpling dough directly to the broth. I don’t worry about crowding the pot and usually cover the entire top of the stew mixture. You want the mixture to be bubbling for 10 to 15 minutes so it cooks the dumplings – after 10 minutes I usually gently flip the dumplings over and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve the stew immediately with chopped parsley or rosemary, or both!

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.

Dumpling pillows for life.

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20 St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

Get ready for your Irish-themed party with these green and Irish-inspired drinks, desserts, dinner and more for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Are you planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, or just want some ideas for festive drinks, dinners or desserts for a special meal at home? Whatever the case, I’ve got you covered on the St. Patrick’s Day food front! Tons of Irish-inspired recipes (like Guinness stew!) and green-tinted drinks and desserts (like grasshopper pie and shamrock shakes), plus classics like Irish soda bread.

A photo collage of recipes for celebrating St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! The day to revel in all things Irish and green: corned beef and cabbage, corned beef hash, Irish soda bread, green beer, cupcakes, Irish stew, and anything and everything that can be colored green with food coloring…

The list is long and there are loads of recipes out there if you want to whip up some traditional Irish fare. To help you narrow down the list a bit, below you’ll find 20 of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day food options. Happy celebrating!

Grasshopper Pie

A grasshopper pie with a slice removed and another cut away from the whole pie.

This no-bake pie recipe is festive, quick to make and requires just a few ingredients. It features a silky smooth filling spiked with crème de menthe and crème de cacao, nestled into an Oreo cookie crust.

Get the recipe here!

The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Two plates with shepherd's pie and the casserole dish in the background.

This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is an Irish classic! You can use ground lamb or beef, and the whole casserole is topped with beautifully browned mashed potatoes. Absolute comfort food at its finest.

Get the recipe here!

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Three milkshake glasses filled with green shamrock shakes.

This shamrock shake recipe is a homemade spin on the famous St. Patrick’s Day-inspired minty green milkshake from McDonald’s.

Get the recipe here!

Guinness, Whiskey, and Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes :: Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson whiskey ganache filling, and Baileys buttercream frosting.

The classic cocktail shot transformed into cupcakes – Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson whiskey ganache filling, and Baileys buttercream frosting.

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Guinness Beef Stew

This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is rich and hearty, with a robust gravy-like sauce that is flavored by Guinness. A must for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark :: It combines the chocolate and mint flavors from the popular cocktail, minus the alcohol. Make it for your St. Patrick's Day party!

This Grasshopper Chocolate Bark combines the chocolate and mint flavors from the famous cocktail without the alcohol – perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party!

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Classic Irish Soda Bread

Classic Irish Soda Bread - Takes less than 10 minutes to mix together! Grab a slice warm from the oven and slather it in butter for St. Patrick's Day breakfast!

This Irish Soda Bread takes less than 10 minutes to mix together and comes out of the oven with a wonderfully crisp crust. Grab a slice warm from the oven and slather it in butter!

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Baileys White Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Baileys White Chocolate Mousse - Spiked white chocolate mousse layered into a trifle dish with crushed mint Oreos. An easy dessert for your St. Patrick's Day celebration!

This incredibly easy Baileys White Chocolate Mousse in layered into a trifle dish with crushed mint Oreos… an easy dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

A slice of mint chocolate chip pie on a plate.

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie – This no-bake pie comes together quickly and is perfect for chocolate and mint lovers. Make it for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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Guinness Chocolate Brownies

Guinness Brownies - An easy dessert for your St. Patrick's Day festivities! | browneyedbaker.com

Chocolate brownies infused with Guinness stout – a perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cereal Treats for St. Patrick's Day! | browneyedbaker.com

Huge, bakery-style marshmallow cereal treats made with Lucky Charms.

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Grasshopper Brownies

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Chocolate brownies topped with a creme de menthe filling and a creme de cacao ganache, fashioned after the popular grasshopper cocktail.

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Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes | 25 St. Patrick's Day Recipes | browneyedbaker.com

Green-tinted vanilla-mint cupcakes with whipped cream frosting, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Rye Irish Soda Bread

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Traditional Irish soda bread with a rye twist.

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

An incredibly easy recipe for making your own Baileys Irish Cream at home!

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Irish Beer and Cheese Bread

A cheesy bread with a touch of Irish Beer.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Frosting

A two-layer chocolate cake infused with Guinness filled and frosted with a cream cheese frosting loaded with Baileys Irish Cream.

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Irish Whiskey Soda Bread with Irish Whiskey Butter

A delicious soda bread spiked with Irish whiskey and served with a whiskey-infused compound butter.

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Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

A custard-based chocolate ice cream recipe infused with Guinness stout.

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Irish Brown Bread

A brown bread version of Irish soda bread using whole wheat flour, wheat bran, and molasses. Absolutely delicious!

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TELL ME! What is your hands-down, all-time favorite St. Patrick’s Day food?

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here’s the BEST Corned Beef and Cabbage for your St. Patrick’s Day Party! We give you 2-ways to make it—boiled in spiced water the traditional way or baked with cloves and sweet hot honey mustard. Either way is delicious. Continue reading “…

Here's the BEST Corned Beef and Cabbage for your St. Patrick's Day Party! We give you 2-ways to make it—boiled in spiced water the traditional way or baked with cloves and sweet hot honey mustard. Either way is delicious.

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16 Recipes to Make for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Sharing some of my best st patrick’s day recipes with you today for the month of march! We never really sit down to holiday inspired St Patrick’s Day meal in this house, but this year I think we should. If nothing else, I am definitely making my soda bread and one of the guinness beef […]

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Sharing some of my best st patrick’s day recipes with you today for the month of march!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

We never really sit down to holiday inspired St Patrick’s Day meal in this house, but this year I think we should. If nothing else, I am definitely making my soda bread and one of the guinness beef recipes below! They are SO good. Here are some other delicious ideas for you to make in the next few weeks!

16 of my favorite St Patrick’s Day Recipes

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

This soda bread with milk chocolate and salted honey butter is my absolute FAVE.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

Then use it to make this irish soda bread french toast with whiskey whipped cream.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

This guinness pot pie with beer bread biscuits is SO good.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

So is this irish ale potato cheddar soup.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

And how can I forget these slow cooker guinness short ribs? You make them with a cheesy cauliflower mash!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

Have you ever tried making homemade pub cheese? It’s amazing.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

And I’m freaking over how good these irish cheddar mashed potato pancakes are!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

These cheddar honey scones are so much better than the dry, raisin-filled version we used to be forced to eat in elementary school.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

How delish do these guinness soft pretzels with irish cheddar fondue look?!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

All march long we should just celebrate with iced whiskey coffees. With whiskey syrup!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

We adore this one bowl whiskey fudge cake.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

And this salted dark chocolate stout cake.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

Um you can’t pass up these lucky charms cereal milk cupcakes!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

Or cereal milk chia pudding.

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

I can’t even handle these chocolate dipped irish cream macaroons!

16 of my favorite st patrick's day recipes are here! Dinner, desserts, drinks and of course - COFFEE! Bring out the Guinness and the Baileys!

Or these frozen irish cream cappuccinos.

And that’s a wrap! Will you make anything Irish-inspired? Tell me, tell me!

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Grasshopper Pie Recipe

Grasshopper pie is a no-bake mint-chocolate pie spiked with crème de menthe and layered on an Oreo crust. Your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

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Grasshopper pie, named for its bright green color, is a rich yet refreshing dessert. This no-bake pie recipe is festive, quick to make and requires just a few ingredients. It features a silky smooth filling spiked with crème de menthe and crème de cacao, nestled into an Oreo cookie crust. Grasshopper pie will be your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

A grasshopper pie with a slice removed and another cut away from the whole pie.

Growing up, I’m not sure anything was better than going out to eat at Olive Garden and having Andes mints get strewn on the table along with the check at the end of the meal. I loved those little mint chocolate candies and would try to steal as many as I could.

I’ve always loved the combination of smooth chocolate and refreshing mint, so it came as no surprise that I loved my first grasshopper cocktail when I tried it in college. Fast forward a few more years and I fell in love all over again with this grasshopper pie.

An overhead photo of grasshopper pie with whipped cream around the border.

Perfect for a holiday celebration

The filling in grasshopper pie is such a festive green color that it’s sure to bring out your St. Patrick’s Day spirit. It doesn’t hurt that the added liqueur makes for a boozy treat with all the flavors of a grasshopper cocktail.

You don’t have to stop there, though. Not only does this make a great St. Patrick’s Day pie, but it would also be wonderfully refreshing during the summer, and festive enough for the winter holidays.

What you’ll need…

This recipe doesn’t use too many ingredients, and you may already have many of them in your kitchen.

  • One package of Cool Mint Oreos
  • Green crème de menthe
  • White crème de cacao
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg yolks
  • Melted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt

There is a total infusion of chocolate and mint flavors in this pie, which begins with the crust. Instead of using a plain ol’ chocolate cookie crumb crust, Cool Mint Oreos are used for an even bigger pop of flavor. Add to that a healthy dose of crème de menthe and crème de cacao, and you have a perfectly balanced, fantastic-tasting pie.

The texture of the filling is a cross between a meringue, a Jell-O dessert, and a cream pie. It’s smooth, creamy, light and airy. The best part about this mint-flavored pie is that it has a gelatin-based filling instead of the traditional marshmallow creme. This substitution makes for a smoother consistency and a bolder mint flavor in the filling.

Step-by-step photos of making grasshopper pie filling.

Liquer vs. food extract

While both ingredients are alcohol-based, liqueur tends to have a more natural flavor than extracts do. Because the overall flavor is also less intense, you can use more liqueur without compromising the texture of the filling like other liquids might.

White crème de cacao, in particular, has a very unique flavor that is hard to find with extracts since it also has hints of vanilla.

Substitute for Crème de Menthe

Crème de menthe is a mint-flavored liqueur that is 50 percent alcohol by volume. The alcohol does not cook out, so it’s important to note that, as written, this recipe is not kid-friendly.

The good news is, there is a simple substitute! To make the grasshopper pie recipe non-alcoholic, omit the mint and chocolate liqueurs. Instead, use ½ teaspoon of pure peppermint extract and ½ cup of milk.

How to make grasshopper pie

It will take you less than an hour to assemble the pie. After that, it needs to chill for several more hours, or even overnight.

  1. Make the Oreo crust: Stir together the crushed cookies and melted butter, press into the pie plate, refrigerate briefly, then bake. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Prepare the filling: The gelatin mixture requires a few different steps to complete. Once that’s done, refrigerate until it reaches the right consistency, stirring occasionally. Then beat the remaining heavy cream to stiff peaks and fold into the gelatin mixture to finish off your filling.
  3. Assemble your pie: Pour the filling into the cooled pie shell and smooth out the top.
  4. Chill and serve: Refrigerate until firm, then top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Folding whipped cream into grasshopper pie filling.

Recipe FAQs, Tips & Tricks:

  • If you can’t find Cool Mint Oreos, you can use regular or homemade Oreos for the crust.
  • Use a glass cup or measuring cup to press the crust into the bottom of the pie plate to make sure it’s tightly packed.
  • Do I use the cookie and the cream filling, or just the cookie? You’ll want to use the whole Oreo to get the right consistency for the crust. Plus the mint filling in the cookie will add extra mint flavor to your grasshopper pie.
  • No-bake version of the crust: You can make the crust no-bake as well. Increase the butter amount to ¼ cup and make sure the crust is fully chilled before adding your filling.
  • Make-Ahead Crust: You can make the crust ahead of time (or several at once), then store them in the freezer for later use. If you’ll be storing for longer than a few days, cover with aluminum foil and then wrap the pie crust in plastic wrap. It should keep well frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  • Because the filling is no-bake, there is no way to cook off the alcohol. Please keep this in mind if you plan to serve it to children or anyone who can’t have alcohol.
  • To make a non-alcoholic version: Omit the creme de cacao and creme de menthe and replace with ½ teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup milk.
  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap to preserve flavor and keep it fresh.
  • Freezing Instructions: This pie freezes well! Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can slice and serve frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

A slice of grasshopper pie on a plate with a fork.

If you’re looking for more tasty chocolate and mint combinations, try my No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie recipe, Grasshopper Chocolate Bark, and Grasshopper Brownies.

I hope you’ll put this on your menu for St. Patrick’s Day, a summer get-together, or Christmas! If you make it, I’d love if you would take a moment to stop back and share a review below. ENJOY! 😍

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Grasshopper Pie Recipe

Grasshopper pie is a no-bake mint-chocolate pie spiked with crème de menthe and layered on an Oreo crust. Your go-to St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling time 7 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 536kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 24 Cool Mint Oreo cookies crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled

For the Filling:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream divided
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup green crème de menthe
  • ¼ cup white crème de cacao

Instructions

  • Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and the melted butter in a medium bowl and toss with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch pie plate. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, forming a crust. Refrigerate the lined pie plate for 20 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes, until the crust is fragrant and set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Make the Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until foamy, about 30 seconds. Stir together the gelatin, sugar, ½ cup of the heavy cream and the salt in a medium saucepan and let sit until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture is very hot but not boiling, about 2 minutes. Whisking continuously, slowly drizzle the gelatin mixture into egg yolks. Return mixture to saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème de menthe and crème de cacao. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until it thickens to a wobbly consistency, about 20 minutes.
  • Beat the remaining 1½ cups heavy cream on medium-high speed until it holds stiff peaks. Gently whisk 1 cup of the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture until completely incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold the remaining whipped cream into the gelatin mixture until no streaks of white remain. Scrape the mixture into the cooled pie shell, smooth the top, and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. Serve with whipped cream and topped with chocolate curls, if desired.

Notes

  • If you can’t find Cool Mint Oreos, you can use regular or homemade Oreos for the crust.
  • Use a glass cup or measuring cup to press the crust into the bottom of the pie plate to make sure it’s tightly packed.
  • Do I use the cookie and the cream filling, or just the cookie? You’ll want to use the whole Oreo to get the right consistency for the crust. Plus the mint filling in the cookie will add extra mint flavor to your grasshopper pie.
  • No-bake version of the crust: You can make the crust no-bake as well. Increase the butter amount to ¼ cup and make sure the crust is fully chilled before adding your filling.
  • Make-Ahead Crust: You can make the crust ahead of time (or several at once), then store them in the freezer for later use. If you’ll be storing for longer than a few days, cover with aluminum foil and then wrap the pie crust in plastic wrap. It should keep well frozen for 2 to 3 months.
  • Because the filling is no-bake, there is no way to cook off the alcohol. Please keep this in mind if you plan to serve it to children or anyone who can’t have alcohol.
  • To make a non-alcoholic version: Omit the creme de cacao and creme de menthe and replace with ½ teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup milk.
  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap to preserve flavor and keep it fresh.
  • Freezing Instructions: This pie freezes well! Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can slice and serve frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3.3mg

(Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country, originally seen on The Galley Gourmet)

Originally published in 2013, this has been updated to include new photos and more in-depth recipe instructions.

[photos by Dee of One Sarcastic Baker]

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Irish Brown Bread

A couple of years ago I made my first loaf of Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day, and instantly fell in love. I loved the thick, hearty texture and simple, yet complex, flavor. It’s perfect for toasting and slathering with butter and jam, to soak up extra broth from your favorite Irish stew or […]

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A couple of years ago I made my first loaf of Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day, and instantly fell in love. I loved the thick, hearty texture and simple, yet complex, flavor. It’s perfect for toasting and slathering with butter and jam, to soak up extra broth from your favorite Irish stew or to eat alongside corned beef hash. Any way you cut it, it’s a fabulous bread that I have enjoyed over and over since first trying it. This year, I started seeing mention of Irish brown bread and went about trying to find some authentic recipes. Well, I found tons. And they all seemed to contradict each other in terms of what makes Irish brown bread truly “authentic” – some had to contain oats, some said absolutely no eggs, some said only four ingredients, and the list goes on and on. In the end it seemed that there was no one set of rules for Irish brown bread and I decided on this version from David Lebovitz’ blog, which comes from the chef/owner of Longueville House in Ireland.

I loved this version because it included such a wide variety of flours and grains – all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and a combination of wheat bran and wheat germ. I used a stone-ground whole wheat flour and oat bran since I didn’t have any wheat bran or wheat germ on hand. It takes the hearty texture of the bread to a whole new level and is absolutely, utterly delicious. I cut the original recipe in half since the original calls for such a large amount of flour. David suggested dividing the recipe into two loaves, but I just halved it and made one. For the full recipe, be sure to check out David’s blog.

I think I am now officially converted to the brown bread version of Irish soda bread – it’s delish!

One year ago: Asiago Bagels
Two years ago: Baked Oatmeal
Three years ago: Royal Crown’s Tortano
Four years ago: Mexican Rice

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Irish Brown Bread

A classic bread recipe from Ireland
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1 loaf)
Calories 223kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 1½ teaspoons whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup + 1½ teaspoons wheat bran oat bran or wheat germ, or a combination
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into small pieces
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and put it on the center oven rack.
  • 2. Whisk together the whole wheat flour and wheat/oat bran or wheat germ in a large bowl.
  • 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wheat flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  • 4. Add the butter pieces and rub them into small pieces with the flour mixture using your fingers, until as small as possible.
  • 5. Stir in the buttermilk and molasses until the dough is uniformly damp. Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead gently, until the dough forms a smooth ball.
  • 6. Use a sharp serrated knife (or a lame) to slice a cross deeply into the top of the bread, about 1-inch deep. Place the loaf on the hot baking sheet.
  • 7. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the loaf is firm on top and when you tap the bottom, feels hollow.
  • 8. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about one hour before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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