This recipes looks just about right for genuine Irish Brown Bread (not soda bread). There is a difference between brown bread and soda bread. Brown bread is a healthy dense bread, eaten with meals - most prominently breakfast. It is not supposed to have "flavour". Soda bread is usually made with white flour and when raisins are added, is eaten as a "sweet" or a dessert. Brown broad can have egg added to the mixture for added protein, and if used, less milk will be needed.
Maggie, Athlone, IR