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Basic brown bread recipe!

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

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