Irish wheaten bread with a slight twist

Irish wheaten bread with a slight twist


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About this recipe: Being Irish I love wheaten bread and as a Nutritionist/Home economics teacher I have experimented with different recipes until I found one that I could give to my dad to make. I used quality ingredients to produce this nutritious moist wheaten bread. This bread is full of nutritious wholesome ingredients and packed with lots of fibre for digestive health. I hope you love this bread as much as I do.

Makes: 1 loaf

  • 350g wholemeal flour mix (see footnote)
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 60g sea salted butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon mara seaweed kombu (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 450ml buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Lightly grease or line a 23x12cm loaf tin.
  2. Mix the flours together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter to the flours using your finger tips. Add the pink salt, kombu, baking powder and bicarb. Make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients – the buttermilk, oil and maple syrup. Mix well with a wooden spoon and pour into lined loaf tin.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 180 C / Gas 4; rotate tin and bake another 30 minutes.
  5. Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack before slicing. While cooling, cover with cling film or the baking paper to prevent the crust going to hard.

Ingredient notes

For the wholemeal flour mix I used rye, spelt, einkorn and seed and grain flours. I like to experiment with alternative ingredients so feel free to use the ingredients you have.

Kombu is a dried seaweed harvested off the Scottish coast where I currently live and work.

The maple syrup I use is an alternative to sugar and seems to give the bread a dark colour that I like, but you can use sugar or honey instead. I'm not a fan of the taste of stevia.

Calorie note

This bread is not recommended as part of a calorie controlled diet. It is delicious however. Eat in moderation as one thin slice is approximately 225 calories.

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