Irish Brown Bread

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Introducing….IRISH BROWN BREAD!  My excitement over this seemingly simply breakfast staple comes from the fact that my daydreaming about brown bread sparked the idea for this project, and therefore I had to do my best to get it right.  As with any recipe, there are a lot of versions out there, but I had in my mind a variation that was a bit cake-y, a bit sweet, a bit nutty, but in no way dessert-y. That’s a lot to ask from a slice of bread.

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I adapted my final version from Imen of marriedanirishfarmer.com (check it out- super cute site!).  I tweaked it a bit by adding a bit more honey and a little bit of wheat germ. The result was addictive, and after sitting on the couch almost all of Sunday, Tomato and I looked up to realize that almost the whole loaf was gone. In less than one day.  Yeah.  It’s that good.

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Irish Brown Bread
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup wheat germ or old fashioned oats, plus more for the top of the loaf
  4. 1 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 TB butter, at room temp
  7. 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 1/2 TB honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Sift the plain flour, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix in wholemeal flour and wheat germ.
  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  4. Whisk egg with buttermilk and honey.
  5. Make a hole in the center and add the liquid. Mix together.
  6. Pour into a greased loaf tin and sprinkle wheat germ on top.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Eat!
Notes
  1. If you don't have wheat germ, feel free to substitute old-fashioned oats
Adapted from Married an Irish Farmer
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We ate it fresh from the oven with a little bit of butter and jam. A little bit about me- I love fancy jam. I usually end up bringing some back from wherever I go on vacation. One of my fave brands is England’s Preserves, and I The one in this picture was one of four jars I brought back four jars the last time I was in London, which made my suitcase really heavy.  If you’re ever in London, stop by the Borough Market and the England’s Preserves table. You’ll be hoarding jam, too.

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Note: This post has been updated from its original with prettier pictures and a recipe note. The same original witty soliloquy remains.

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