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
- Preheat your oven to 170 C
- Mix the flours, sugars, oats and baking powder together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and add the liquid mixture very gradually, stirring all the time, until it is all incorporated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.