How to make Irish Brown Bread.
(MAKES A 1 POUND LOAF, 8 SLICES)
½ pound (2 cups) organic whole wheat flour
½ pound (2 cups) organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp wheat germ
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp salted butter
15 fl. ounces buttermilk
1 large organic egg
1-2 tbsp oats to sprinkle on top loaf before baking
1. Let the buttermilk and egg come to room temperature.
2. Grease a 1-pound loaf tin or, alternatively, line it with grease-proof paper, and preheat oven for 15 minutes at 400°F.
3. Combine all the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
4. In a pot, melt the butter, then pour it into a bowl with the room-temperature buttermilk.
5. Working quickly, whisk one egg in a separate bowl, add it to the butter and buttermilk, and whisk together lightly.
6. Add the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
7. When all the ingredients are combined well—the consistency should be wet but firm, and you should be able to clean your bowl of all the dough with your wooden spoon—pour the dough into the loaf tin and smooth out the top with a wooden spoon.
8. Sprinkle oats over top.
9. Bake in the middle of the oven at 400°F for 50 minutes.
10. Remove the loaf and cool on a wire rack. (Some bakers drape a damp tea towel over the top to prevent the crust from becoming too thick.)