Irish Freckle Bread

This traditional Irish treat gets its name from the bits of fruit which give the bread a freckled appearance. Our recipe calls for dates, but you can also add raisins or cranberries if you’d like.

Serves 32

  • 2-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages fast-rise yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped dates


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

In a large bowl, combine together 1 cup of the whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of the white flour, the sugar, the undissolved yeast, and the salt.

Heat butter and water together until very warm (125F to 130F); gradually stir the warm liquids into the dry ingredients.

Stir in eggs, mashed potatoes, dates and the additional flours to make a soft dough; add a few more tbsp of the white flour if need be.

Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rest on a floured surface for 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; shape into 4 slender loaves– about 8-1/2 inches long. Set 2 loaves side-by-side in each of 2 well-greased 8-1/2 by-4-1/2 inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

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Nutrition Information

Irish Freckle Bread

Servings per Recipe: 32

Amount per Serving

Calories:  107

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  2g

Saturated Fat:  1g

Cholesterol:  5mg

Sodium:  30mg

Carbohydrates:  19g

Dietary Fiber:  2g

Protein:  2g

Calcium:  8mg

Iron:  0g

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