Brown Butter & Rosemary Wholewheat Soda Bread


Well HEY there! I’m writing this post from ‘Crystal Mountain’ in Northern Michigan. Don’t be deceived, the mountains around here are really just large hills… not that I am complaining! The snow is perfect, the Sun is shining, and I have a large mug of strong black coffee in hand.


The alpiney vibe here has got my craving a little comfort food, so I thought it would be a good time to share this lovely recipe for soda bread. I like to zhush mine up with a spot of brown butter, and a generous sprinkling of rosemary. Like all my baked goods I prefer to use a whole grain flour, in this case wholewheat.

IMG_2749IMG_2752This bread has a wonderful dunkability factor, just perfect for the Irish Stew I will be posting in a couple of days. It’s also fab warm from the oven with a little butter spread on top.


Alright, I better dash! I have a date with a fat bike and a trail… enjoy!


Brown Butter & Rosemary Wholewheat Soda Bread
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100% Wholewheat Irish Soda bread with brown butter and rosemary.
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups (300g) wholewheat flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1½ tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190c
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking occasionally. When you smell a nutty aroma and see brown flecks forming at the bottom of the plan, remove from the heat and set aside and allow to cool (if you have never browned butter, I find the set by step in the notes section helpful).
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a bowl
  4. In a second bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, honey, rosemary and cooled butter
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a dough forms
  6. Knead for a couple of minutes in the bowl
  7. Shape the dough into a rounded loaf shape, and put onto a greased baking sheet
  8. Cut a cross into the top of the loaf
  9. Bake for about 35 minutes until a knife comes out clean
  10. Cool on a wire rack before slicing and gobbling



This is an adaption and combination of three different recipes- this recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda bread, this recipe for Rosemary Irish Soda Bread from A Passionate Plate, and this recipe for Brown Butter Soda Bread from The Curvy Carrot.

A good tutorial for browning butter here.

PS. I think Dexter was angling for a slice… look at this face…



  1. Abbie says:

    This soda bread looks amazing! I love the addition of rosemary – probably my favorite herb ever. And that dog is so freaking adorable.

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