Welcome to my recipe article where I’ll be sharing with you a delicious Irish Potato Brown Bread recipe that you can make easily in your bread machine. This recipe is perfect if you’re a bread lover and want to make a traditional Irish soda bread with a twist – the addition of potato!

What makes this bread fluffy and irresistible is the combination of wheat flour, whole wheat flour, and potato. The potato gives it a unique texture and adds moisture to the bread. Moreover, the use of honey and butter in the recipe result in a mouth-watering flavor that will leave you wanting more.

Not only is this bread easy to make, but it’s also healthy as it contains whole grain flours which are rich in gluten-free nutrients. And since we’ll be making it in a bread machine, making this delicious Irish Potato Brown Bread has never been easier.

So let’s get started with the ingredient list and follow the easy steps to make a perfect loaf of brown bread made with love!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Potato Brown Bread (Bread Machine)
Irish Potato Brown Bread (Bread Machine)

Are you a bread lover? Do you enjoy the comforting aroma of freshly baked bread wafting from your kitchen? Then get ready to fall in love with this delicious Irish Potato Brown Bread recipe!

What makes this bread so special, you ask? For one, it’s made with healthy whole wheat flour, which is packed with essential fiber and nutrients that keep you feeling full and satisfied. The addition of Irish potato also adds a unique flavor and texture to the bread, making it a perfect accompaniment to any meal, or simply as a snack.

And the best part? This recipe is incredibly easy to make using a bread machine, so even novice bakers can achieve wonderful results! Just throw all the ingredients into your bread maker and let it work its magic.

But wait, who says you can’t experiment with this recipe? You can substitute some of the whole wheat flour for bread flour to create a softer texture or add some molasses instead of honey for a deeper flavor. The options are endless!

In just a few simple steps, you can have a warm and fluffy loaf of Irish Potato Brown Bread that will have everyone coming back for more. Trust me, once you try this delicious bread, it will become one of your go-to recipes in no time!

Ingredient List

“Golden brown and delicious, ready to be devoured!”

Irish potato brown bread is a hearty and tasty bread that’s perfect for breakfast or to enjoy with a soup or stew. What makes this bread unique is the use of potato as one of the main ingredients. This bread recipe calls for a mix of bread flour and whole wheat flour which lends it a tender crumb and a slightly nutty flavor. Here are the ingredients needed to make 1 1/2 pound loaf of Irish potato brown bread using a bread machine:


  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 medium-sized Irish potato, boiled and mashed (around 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of warm water

Note that the amounts listed here are specifically for a bread machine recipe, but if you don’t have a bread maker, don’t worry! You can stil use these same ingredient ratios to make this delicious Irish potato brown bread in your oven or even by hand.

The Recipe How-To

“A wholesome slice of Ireland, in every bite.”

Step 1: Preparing the ingredients

First and foremost, we need to prepare all the ingredients that we need for this recipe. (1 1/2) cups of warm water, one (1) tablespoon of active dry yeast, four (4) cups of bread flour, two (2) cups of whole wheat flour, one and one-half (1 1/2) teaspoon of salt, two (2) tablespoons of honey and three (3) tablespoons of butter cut into pieces. Optional is adding one (1) medium-sized Irish potato boiled and mashed.

Step 2: Mixing the dough

In a large mixing bowl or in your bread machine pan, blend together the warm water and active dry yeast until it dissolves. Then add the honey and let it dissolve as well. Next is to add the flour(s), salt, butter, and mashed Irish potato (optional). Mix thoroughly using a wooden spoon or spatula until you achieve a sticky ball-like texture.

Step 3: Kneading

As soon as you achieve a sticky ball-like texture from mixing in step 2, you can now start kneading your dough on a slightly floured surface for around ten minutes. You can also use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Kneading is an essential step to activate gluten in bread flour that will help make our bread fluffy.

Step 4: Proofing

Flatten out your dough into a round shape and put it back into your mixing bowl or keep kneading it using your machine until it forms an even round ball once again. Cover up your dough with clean kitchen towels or plastic wrap and then let rise for around one hour or until double its initial size. Tip: Proofing duration may vary due to temperature differences

Step 5: Baking

Preheat your oven to about 375F (190C). Grease your bread loaf pans with butter or baking spray. Cut the dough into halves and form each of them into loaves. Place each of them into their pans and then let rise again for around another 20 minutes to half an hour until it has risen over the pan edges. Using a knife or a pair of scissors, cut along the topmost layer of your dough to create slits that will allow it to expand easily while baking inside the oven. Finally, place the pans in the oven and bake for about 40-50 minutes or until you see the outer layer of your bread golden brown.

Step 6: Serving &Enjoying

Once baked, remove the bread from the loaf pan and let it cool on a cooling rack before slicing them up. This delectable Irish Potato Brown Bread is best enjoyed topped with your favorite butter spread or simply served with any main course.

Substitutions and Variations

“This bread is the pot of gold at the end of the culinary rainbow.”

Ah, the beauty of substitutions and variations – they can take a recipe from bland to grand in an instant. Don’t get me wrong, the original recipe for Irish Potato Brown Bread is delicious as it is, but sometimes we just need to mix things up a bit.

First off, let’s talk flour. This recipe calls for bread flour and whole wheat flour, but if you don’t have those on hand, you can try using all-purpose flour instead. Keep in mind that the texture of the bread might be slightly different when using all-purpose flour, but it will still be tasty. For a gluten-free option, try using a blend of gluten-free flours.

Next up is honey – this sweetener gives the bread a nice depth of flavor. If you prefer something else, molasses or maple syrup can be used as substitutes.

Butter adds richness and moisture to the bread. If you want a dairy-free option, try using coconut oil or vegan butter.

The recipe also calls for making this bread in a bread machine. But if you don’t have one, fear not – you can still make this bread! Simply mix the ingredients together by hand or with a stand mixer, let it rise in a warm place for an hour or so, then bake it in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for about 40-45 minutes.

For those who want to get creative with flavors and textures – dried fruit or nuts can be added to the dough for extra crunch and sweetness, or herbs and spices like rosemary or paprika can be added for more savory notes.

The possibilities are endless really – it’s all about experimenting and finding what works best for your taste buds. Just remember to keep the basics in mind: salt, gluten (if desired), water, and baking soda are key players in making this bread turn out fluffy and delicious. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

“Every slice of this bread is a warm hug from the Emerald Isle.”

One of the joys of Irish Potato Brown Bread is that it pairs well with a wide range of foods, both sweet and savory. This bread has a rich flavor profile, making it an excellent vehicle for all sorts of toppings, spreads, and fillings.

For a classic Irish meal, try serving this bread alongside a warm bowl of potato soup or corned beef and cabbage. You can also use it to make flavorful breakfast sandwiches. Toast the bread until golden brown, and then layer it with eggs, sausage, and cheese for a hearty start to your day.

If you prefer sweet snacks or desserts, try serving this bread with honey or jam. The natural sweetness of the honey complements the subtle earthy notes from the whole wheat flour and potatoes. Jam also makes for an excellent pairing as it provides a fruity burst that gives life to this delicious Irish bread.

If you want to enjoy this Irish Potato Brown Bread on its own or as a snack, consider toasting it until golden brown in the oven or toaster oven. Top it with butter and a sprinkle of salt for a simple yet fully satisfying snack.

Finally, consider pairing your Irish Potato Brown Bread with your favorite beverage. A cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa would be perfect to complement the warm texture of this freshly baked bread.

Whether served alone as a snack or paired with other foods for a full meal, Irish Potato Brown Bread is sure to delight any lover of homemade bread!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect accompaniment to a hearty Irish stew.”

There’s nothing quite like the warmth of freshly-baked bread, but sometimes life gets in the way and we need to prepare ahead. Don’t worry, this Irish Potato Brown Bread (Bread Machine) recipe is perfect for making ahead of time!

Once you’ve baked your delicious Irish potato brown bread, it’s important to know how to store it properly. The best way to store your bread is by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and placing it in an airtight container such as a bread box or Ziploc bag. This will help your bread stay fresh and moist for up to 5 days.

If you prefer to make your bread ahead of time, you can freeze it for later use. Simply let the bread cool completely and slice it before wrapping it in plastic wrap and then placing it in a freezer-safe container. When you’re ready to enjoy the bread, simply thaw it overnight in the fridge and then reheat it for 10-15 minutes at 350°F.

To reheat slices of the bread, you can use a toaster or toaster oven. For larger slices, place them on a baking sheet and cover them with aluminum foil before reheating in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.

Now that you know how to make-ahead, store, and reheat your delicious Irish potato brown bread, you can enjoy this traditional Irish treat any time of day – whether as part of breakfast or paired with a hearty soup during dinner!

Tips for Perfect Results

“With its rustic charm, this bread is a crowd-pleaser.”

When it comes to baking bread, there are some finer details that can make all the difference in achieving perfect results. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Irish Potato Brown Bread come out fluffy, moist and delicious every time.

Firstly, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. This means using a scale instead of cups or tablespoons for precise measurements. Using too much or too little flour, water, or yeast can cause the bread to turn out dense or dry.

Secondly, when using a bread machine for this recipe, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Each machine has its own requirements for mixing and kneading times, so double-check those before getting started.

Thirdly, for best results, use freshly ground whole wheat flour in your dough. This will give your bread a unique depth of flavor that sets it apart from traditional white or brown breads.

Fourthly, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, try substituting the bread flour with a mixture of gluten-free flours such as rice flour, almond flour and oat flour. Alternatively, try using gluten-free bread mix available at most grocery stores.

The fifth tip is to cover your loaf with aluminum foil during the baking process. This will prevent the crust from browning too quickly while also retaining moisture inside the loaf which will result in more tender and moist bread.

Finally, add some variety to your Irish Potato Brown Bread by experimenting with different herb combinations such as rosemary or thyme. You can also add nuts or dried fruit to give it an extra boost of flavor and texture.

By following these tips and tricks you’ll have the confidence to create delicious Irish Potato Brown Bread every time!


As with any recipe, there may be questions that arise when making Irish Potato Brown Bread. Here are a few frequently asked questions that may help troubleshoot any issues and ensure you achieve delicious and fluffy bread result every time.

Why is my Irish brown bread so dense?

When making bread without yeast, it’s best to avoid over-kneading the dough as it can result in a dense and tough crumb. Remember, less kneading equals a softer texture. Additionally, be sure to score the bread before baking to ensure that the center is properly cooked. This step is crucial for achieving a perfect loaf.

What makes Irish bread different?

The distinct consistency of this bread stems from a chemical reaction between an acidic element and baking soda. This reaction creates minuscule pockets of carbon dioxide within the dough.

Why is my bread machine bread not fluffy?

Achieving the perfect texture and weight of bread can be perplexing for novice bakers. One of the possible reasons for getting a heavy or dense loaf is inadequate kneading of the dough. Additionally, combining yeast and salt or getting impatient during the baking process can also result in inferior quality bread. Moreover, neglecting to create ample tension in the final dough can produce a subpar loaf, too.

What makes brown bread brown?

Brown bread is created using the whole wheat flour that retains both bran and germ components of the wheat grains. As a result, brown bread has a brownish hue due to the presence of the bran and germ layers.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Irish Potato Brown Bread recipe is an amazing bread recipe that you just can’t resist. With its warm, hearty and delicious taste, it will make you fall in love with homemade bread. By following this simple bread machine recipe, you’ll get perfect results every time.

One thing I love about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. You can change up the ingredients to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions easily. You can substitute sugar for honey, buttermilk powder for whole milk and even add in some raisins or seeds for some extra texture.

If you’re a bread lover like me, then you know how important it is to have a good bread recipe on hand. This Irish Potato Brown Bread recipe is hands-down one of the best bread recipes out there. Whether you’re looking to make traditional Irish soda bread or trying your hand at gluten-free baking, this recipe has got you covered.

So, what are you waiting for? Give this Irish Potato Brown Bread recipe a try and fall in love with the amazing taste of homemade bread. Don’t forget to share it with family and friends when they ask how you made such a delicious treat. Trust me, they’ll be singing your praises for years to come!

Irish Potato Brown Bread (Bread Machine)

Irish Potato Brown Bread (Bread Machine) Recipe

Beth Hensperger
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Yeast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 pound loaf
Calories 1767.8kcal


1 1/2 pound loaf

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 tablespoon gluten, plus
  • 2 teaspoons gluten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons rapid acting yeast (or 2 1/2 t. bread machine yeast)


  • Add the ingredients to the pan according to the order in the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Set crust on medium and program for the Whole Wheat cycle; press Start.
  • When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and place it on a rack.
  • Let cool to room temperature before slicing.


Serving: 778g | Calories: 1767.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 317g | Protein: 50.4g | Fat: 40.7g | Saturated Fat: 22.9g | Cholesterol: 91.6mg | Sodium: 3772.5mg | Fiber: 35.2g | Sugar: 36.3g

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