Traditional Irish Brown Bread

This is a wonderful recipe that uses the finest of healthy ingredients to sustain you during the day! Ingredients straight from your kitchen! I dedicate this recipe to my husband!


**PREHEAT oven to 180 Celsius. Using a one pound loaf tin, brush it thoroughly with light olive oil.

1. Sieve the plain or cream flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar together, and stir.

2. Next step, add the polenta, porridge oats and sesame seeds and wholemeal flour and stir again.

3. Add the beaten egg to the milk and stir it well, now add in a tablespoon of light olive oil and stir again.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.

5. The mixture should be wet not a bread dough, so spoon the mixture into an oiled/greased loaf tin and then paint the loaf with some more olive oil. Let it rest for a moment before drizzling over some dark toasted sesame seed oil. This gives it a lovely nutty flavour!

6. Take your magical ingredients of poppy seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds and mix them together, now shake them over the bread and make sure you cover the bread as you want a nice nutty crust!

7. Place the bread in the middle shelf of your oven for about 40-43 minutes. Conduct the skewer test after 40 minutes and if it's clean, remove from the oven, if not, leave it in for another 5 minutes or so, but keep testing.

8. Turn your bread out unto a wire tray to cool and place a clean dry tea towel over the bread to keep the crust of the bread from getting to hard!

*This is an original recipe by L.Shannon, The Candlebridge Bakery, Ireland, 2009 Recipe*


Dry Ingredients

Sesame Seeds 1oz
Castor Sugar 1 Tablespoon
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Bicarbonate Of Soda 1 Teaspoon
Fine Golden Ground Polenta 1oz
Rolled Porridge Oats 1oz
Plain Or Cream Flour 2oz
Howard Extra Coarse Wholemeal Stoneground Flour 6oz

Magical Ingredients

Poppy Seeds 1 tablespoon
Sunflower Seeds 1 Tablespoon
Sesame Seeds 1 Tablespoon

Sesame Glaze

Dark Toasted Sesame Seed Oil

Wet Ingredients

Light Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon
Cold Milk 275mls
Whole Beaten Egg 1

Hints 'n' Tips

My Star Tips:

Olive oil added to bread making encourages pliability in the bread, so this recipe will be soft and gentle.

Sieving the dry ingredients including those that contain different grains (you can always add them afterwards from the sieve into the dry mix) provides the wonderful light feel that makes this brown bread special and not heavy.

You can also add 1oz of wheatgerm (available in supermarkets and health stores) to this brown bread recipe. It gives wonderful texture, healthy for you and creates a stunning golden brown colour when you slice the bread!

Enjoy it with savoury toppings such as mature cheddar and onion with slices of cherry tomatoes, or if you have a sweeter tooth, then enjoy it with your favourite fruit preserve.

The magical ingredients of blended sesame seeds, poppy seeds and sunflower seeds give the bread that toasted nut flavour to it and gives it that extra special something that some brown breads desire.

Best wishes from The Candlebridge Bakery, Ireland.


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