Is there anything more lovely than fresh baked bread? I adore brown bread. It is something I grew up eating, my Nanny always made it and my Mam still does. Last year I started too, and it is much easier than you would think. This recipe has 4 main ingredients and doesn't require kneading or proving, but it will still make your house smell lovely and tastes great!
275g wholemeal flour
175g plain flour
1 tsp bread soda/bicarbonate of soda
425ml milk *see tips*
Preheat your oven to 200/180 fan and grease a loaf tin.
Sieve the plain flour and bread soda into a large bowl, add in the wholemeal flour and mix together.
Pour in the milk and mix until just combined- the mix should look like porridge.
Pour into the loaf tin and shake so that it gets into the corners of the tin.
Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes- it should be brown on top and should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
Wrap up well when cooled.
This recipe originally required buttermilk, but that is difficult to find in Newcastle! So I have tried regular milk (semi and skimmed) and almond milk. All worked equally well, so it is up to you and what you prefer/can get.
Do not over mix the batter- once the wet and dry are combined stop mixing! Over mixing makes the batter stiff and makes the end loaf quite dense.
Feel free to add things- I often add salt, seeds or oats (to the batter or the top). If you are putting oats into the batter, use less flour.
See, I told you it is easy!! Let me know if you try it by tagging me in your photos.
Lots of love,
Little O x