Simple, Nutritious and (Most Importantly) Delicious Wholegrain Bread
Of all the foods that Ireland knows how to do right, brown bread is one of them. This is an incredibly simple yet suprisingly delicious brown bread recipe that you could easily make on a daily basis. Just mix everything together, pour into a baking pan, and bake! The seeds are optional, but I think they add a great bit of texture!
Preheat the oven to 240°C. Grease and line a loaf tray with baking parchment.
Place all the dry ingredients (including seeds, reserving extra for sprinkling) in a large bowl and mix together, no need to sieve!
Add the treacle (or sweetener of your choice) and add enough milk to give the mixture a moist, batter-like consistency. It should not be overly-loose.
Transfer the mixture to the lined loaf tray, and sprinkle the reserved seeds on top. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen.
Reduce heat to 150°C and bake for another hour.
Run a knife around the edges of the tray and ease the bread out. If the bread sounds hollow when you tap on the base, it's done. If not, return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes and test again.
Story Behind this Recipe
When I had an oven at home, I used to make this bread 2-3 times a week and eat in in place of sliced white bread, as it both tastes better and it (somewhat) better for your health! It's so easy, and smells really great when fresh from the oven.
This is so simple that I don't really have any hints to give. Just be sure not to make the batter overly-runny by adding too much milk. I love serving this spread with a thick layer of homemade almond or cashew nut butter.