Life with Leo

March 23, 2009

Mary Murphy’s Brown Bread — A Cooking Class

Filed under: Uncategorized — fehlhaber @ 9:22 pm

Mary Murphy of Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland, graced us with her presence and her brown bread recipe.  Enough of us have enjoyed it over the years that we all wanted to learn how to make it from the expert herself.

Here are the ingredients — she swears that olive oil is what she uses, even at home.


And here is how much sugar goes in — Mary measures everything by hand


This movie shows how wet to make the dough — pretty wet!

And how to put it in the pan

Below is the actual recipe — bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes.


And the proud baker herself!  Thank you Mary!!


(movies still to come — YouTube is down at the moment)



  1. these are so great — sounds like a wonderful day!

    Comment by sophie — March 24, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  2. […] video clip featuring Mary Murphy from Schull, Ireland of the County Cork.  That video clip led to a blog post about making brown bread. It had a few helpful YouTube videos, the bread looked great, so I made it.  It turned out […]

    Pingback by Modern Workweek » Cooking With Strangers — January 27, 2011 @ 1:20 am

  3. I love Mary’s brown bread, it is the best bread in the world if eaten warm with Irish blackrebby Jam………………….Conor

    Comment by Conor — January 28, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  4. Mary,

    The brown bread was great! thanks,


    Comment by Eleanor O'Regan — February 9, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  5. Thank you for the sharing your secret on the “BEST BROWN BREAD EVER” Mary. I will treasure it forever. So Long my friend x.

    Comment by Mary Quillinan — March 4, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

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