Irish Wheaten Bread

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Easy to make and absolutely delicious, you have to try this bread!

A staple of any Irish kitchen, one taste and you’ll see why. A warm slice of this bread fresh from the oven is unlike anything you’ve ever had. It has a rich depth with a hint of sweet nuttiness which makes it hard to stop after just one piece. It’s also devastatingly simple to throw together: no kneading, proving or shaping, just put it in a loaf tin and go.

Makes 2 loaves

  • 2 1/2 cups strong wholemeal flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups white bread flour 
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 pint buttermilk 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp oats
  • 3 tsp baking powder

 

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 C
  2. Mix the flours, sugars, oats and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the liquid mixture very gradually, stirring all the time, until it is all incorporated.
  5. Take two loaf tins. Grease with butter, and then sprinkle a handful of flour into each, shaking to ensure all the butter is covered. This ensures a good crust on your bread.
  6. Pour half the mixture into each tin. Sprinkle another handful of white flour and a few oats on top of the mixture, and press down with your knuckles.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, until firm to the touch and well-risen. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack. See just how long you can resist that smell until you have to have a slice.
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