Irish Brown Bread for a Wellies Kind of Day
Recipe type: bread
Cuisine: Irish
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Serves: 1 loaf
I can't think of anything better than a slice of traditional Irish brown bread slathered with butter and jam. It's perfect also with cheese in the afternoon.
  • 200 grams all-purpose flour
  • 250 grams whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 25 grams butter, cold and in small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 350-400 ml buttermilk (you may not need it all)
  1. Preheat your oven to 475℉. Lightly coat a baking pan (I used a 10-inch cast iron skillet) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Add the wheat germ and whole wheat flour. Rub in the butter.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the egg, honey and 350 ml of buttermilk. Mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients. If the dough seems a bit dry add the last 50 ml of buttermilk a little at a time. I probably use about 375 ml.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead just enough to form it into a ball/disk about 2-inches high.
  5. Transfer to the prepared pan/skillet and bake at 475℉ for 15 minutes. Rotate the pan and reduce the heat to 375℉ and bake for an additional 30 minutes, It's best to cool before enjoying but I can never wait. Also wonderful toasted lightly before slathering a slice with butter and jam.
Recipe by Lemons + Anchovies at