Achill Island Co Mayo
Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!!!
(La fheile Padraig gach duine)
With St Patrick’s Day coming up I thought I’d share my Mum’s recipe for brown bread. Anyone from Ireland or that has visited Ireland will know that we’re quite famous for our homemade brown bread, you’ll rarely visited an Irish household where you’re not greeted with a big pot of tea and a few slices of thickly cut brown bread, served with plenty of butter and jam!
Beautiful photos taken & styled by Mum
Growing up everyone always said they loved visiting our house because as soon as the front door opened you were greeted with the smell of freshly baked bread and apple tart.
Brown bread recipes vary alot in Ireland, there must be hundreds if not thousands of variations. Traditionally every family had their own recipe that was passed down over generations, many tweaked over time.It’s one of the very first recipes I was taught by my Mum, along with fruit scones, another tradition often passed down.
More beautiful photos taken & styled by my Mum
It’s such a special tradition the passing down of recipes but unfortunately I think it’s one that’s fading quickly. In the hopes of continuing this tradition I encourage you all to share a family recipe with your children and loved ones this week or even simply bake Mum’s brown bread together and build a new tradition.
Mum’s homemade brown bread
520g self-raising flour
150g coarse wholemeal flour
100g wheat bran
20g sesame seeds
40g pinhead oatmeal
40g whole flaxseed
5 tablespoons of treacle (Tip:Heat the treacle tin in a saucepan of hot water, fill the water 1/4 the way up the can, this makes it easier to mix into the bread)
1 1/2 pints of milk
- Preheat oven at 200c and grease to loaf tins.
- Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix with clean hands.
- Add in the treacle and milk and mix together forming a wet mixture.
- Divide mixture between both tins and sprinkle extra seeds on top
- Bake for 45 minutes until golden and hallow sounding when tapped.
- Allow to cool, serve with plenty of butter and homemade jam (Mum makes the best jam!).
I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you try it and tag me on Instagram @kitchentablebaking!
Peace and love,