Easy Brown Bread

Easy Brown Bread 1 - A Cookbook Collection

This is a very easy brown bread that can be whipped up in minutes with no need for proving or rising.

I don’t want to say that it is an Irish soda bread as most soda breads I have seen recipes for do not contain butter. It is adapted from this recipe from Imen McDonnell. Check out her blog, it is really beautiful with stunning photography. When I originally make this it worked perfectly. However, the buttermilk I used was no longer available (I feel another rant about supermarkets discontinuing brands coming on) and the recipe didn’t work quite so well. I changed the amounts of buttermilk and butter and then had to adjust the cooking temperature accordingly.


  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bread soda or baking soda
  • 275g coarse wholemeal flour
  • 50g unsalted butter softened
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.
  • Sieve the plain flour, salt and bread soda into a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the wholemeal flour.
  • Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and honey.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the flour and butter mixture and pour in liquid ingredients.
  • Mix together with your hand until everything is fully combined and you have a sticky dough.
  • Flour your baking sheet or line with baking parchment and shape the dough into a round onto the sheet.
  • Mark a cross on the top and very lightly dust with flour.
  • Bake for approx. 50 mins. Check after 45 mins, tap the base of the bread and if it makes a hollow sound the bread is fully baked.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting.
  • Enjoy with lots of real butter!

Easy Brown Bread - A Cookbook Collectoin

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