We’re sure you’ll agree, the best recipes for home baking are the ones that have been handed down from generation to generation. This traditional Irish brown bread recipe is no different, it comes direct from the Emerald Isle thanks to iDealwine’s International Marketing Manager Orlaith, whose grandmother has kindly agreed to share her tried and trusted recipe.
The beauty of Irish brown bread is not only in the taste, but also in how quick it is to make it. With neither yeast nor kneading required, buttermilk is the magic ingredient that makes the bread rise.
Enjoyed in Ireland throughout the year (especially on a lazy Sunday morning), it is also served on Christmas Day as an indulgent breakfast, or later as a canapé or starter.
Makes two loaves, you will need two pound (loaf) tins.
330g Wholemeal Flour (coarse is best)
220g White Flour
60g Butter, melted
2tsp Baking Soda (bicarbonate of soda)
2tsp Brown Sugar
Irish organic smoked salmon
Salted butter or cream cheese
Lemon, in wedges
Preheat your oven to 190°C
Sieve the white flour into a very large mixing bowl, then add the wholemeal flour, and mix in other dry ingredients with a spoon. Make a well in the centre, before adding the wet ingredients. Mix with a spoon until combined.
Tip the mixture into a greased or lined baking tin. Resist the urge to knead it first, and don’t worry, the mixture should be soft and wet.
Bake for 1hour 15 mins.
Take the bread out and tip onto a cooling rack. With your knuckle or a spoon, tap the bottom of the bread. If it sounds hollow, its done. If not, pop it back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.
Serve just cooled. Slice and slather with salted butter, then top with Irish organic smoked salmon, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- If you can’t get your hands on buttermilk, you can use full fat milk mixed with lemon juice (approx. three tablespoons).
- Brown bread is best eaten the day it is made.
Blanc de Blancs Champagne: this Signature Cuvée from Philippe Gonet will pair beautifully with smoked salmon. For a real treat this Christmas, opt for this vintage Minéral Extra Brut from Agrapart. We have a great selection of Blanc de Blancs for sale now on iDealwine.