Irish Mum's Brown Bread
I decided to give this recipe a try last night to see how well it would turn out. It is a coarse, old fashioned bread that is easy to make and really tasty. It has the consistency of a coffee cake and a really nice nutty taste. You may want to try it with corned beef. It went fast so I'll be making another loaf tomorrow.
Irish Mum's Brown Bread Recipe
3 cups whole wheat bread flour the recipe says this is best when the flour is coarse as opposed to the whole wheat flour you get which is fully milled. I used Hodgson Mills Old Fashioned Whole Wheat (Graham Flour). I think plain whole wheat flour would be fine.
1 cup unbleached unenriched white bread flour. I used Hodgson Mills.
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4+ cups buttermilk
2 ounces salted butter - recipe called for Kerrygold but are grocer only had unsalted Kerrygold
Melt the butter over gentle heat.
In a medium-sized bowl lightly beat the egg and then gradually add the buttermilk all the while stirring to incorporate the egg. Beat in the butter.
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients (the original recipe calls for sifting but I didn't as I wanted it to be coarse) and then stir in the buttermilk mixture. The dough will be like a thick cookie dough. If your dough is too dry, mix in small splashes of buttermilk until it is the right consistency. I cooked mine in a well greased bread pan but you could cook it in in a small pie pan.
Cook at 400F for 50 minutes on the middle rack. Remove from oven and let it cool for a short while on a rack. Slice thick as it is coarse.
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