Mccann's Oat Brown Bread

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

From the New Celtic Cookbook by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh and Ken McIntosh. The steel-cut oats in this recipe are packed with nutrition and a wonderful nuttiness that helps make this delicious bread so good!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Lightly dust the surface of a baking sheet with flour.
  3. Stir together the flours, oats, sugar and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Using your fingertips, quickly rub in the butter.
  5. Make a well in the centre and gradually stir in the buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the dough is soft and manageable.
  6. (You might not use all the buttermilk.).
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 1 minute.
  8. Divide in half.
  9. Shape the dough into two balls and place in the centre of the baking sheet.
  10. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough into disks about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  11. Use a sharp knife to cut a fairly deep cross into each disk so that it will break apart easily into quarters after baking.
  12. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until browned and the tester emerges clean and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Cool slightly on a rack before serving warm.


Most Helpful

By itself I'd say it's okay, but with a little bit of butter and/or preserves it's wonderful! It has a crisp crust with a soft dense interior, and the pieces of steel cut oats give it a nice crunch. My only caution would be to watch the baking time. I checked it at 30 minutes and it was almost too dark. It's a nice change of pace bread.

Mallinda September 13, 2008

LOved it. My boyfriend is actually from Northern Ireland and I made this for him. He went CRAZY. He begs for this all the time now!! great recipe!! :)

Erin May April 09, 2007

Thanks for sharing!! A great earthy bread. Nice with a sweet spread at tea or for dunking in a bowl of hearty soup with supper. I made two batches on St. Patrick's Day and added currents to one for a tweak...liked it both ways. Whisper has a winner and is right about the nutty goodness!

free-free March 30, 2007

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