McCarthy's Tea Room Irish Brown Bread

This bread recipe is from Granny McCarthy's Tea Room, a favorite of ours in downtown Bethlehem.

The delicious bread is quick and easy to make and fills the house with a wonderful aroma. I can mix up the ingredients and have it in the oven in under 5 minutes. It is great for sandwiches or spread with butter and honey. Happy baking!

3 c. (unbleached) all-purpose flour
1 c. whole oats
2 c. whole meal flour
1/2 c. pinhead (steel cuts) oats
1/4 T. coarse salt
1 T. baking soda
1 qt. (4 cups) buttermilk (keep cool until needed). If you don't have buttermilk, 4 cups of milk with 4 tbs. of vinegar work just as well.

Grease 2 bread loaf pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add the cool buttermilk.
Mix well, but do not over mix this batter.
Fill loaf pans with batter and bake immediately. This batter can not get too warm or the bread will not come out well.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour until medium brown, or an inserted knife comes out clean and sides and bottoms feel firm.

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