SP learned to bake and cook by watching her mother. Now she loves to cook and bake quick and easy recipes that don't take long to make.
This brown bread recipe combines two different recipes that I've used in the past. I like to add rolled oats to nearly all of my recipes, especially if I am making bread.
When I am baking, I often experiment with adding new ingredients just to see how it turns out. I’ve been making this particular recipe for a while now, and it is probably one of my favorite things to make. You can eat it with soup or simply with butter and jam. Either way, it's delicious.
In this recipe, I added rolled oats, brown sugar and water. It did change the outcome of the recipe in the sense that it produced a softer and more flavorful bread.
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1 hour 5 min
- 1 1/2 cups coarse wholemeal flour
- 1 cup plain all-purpose white flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup clarified butter
- 1 medium egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup soft brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1-pound loaf tin
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Set of measuring cups
- Parchment paper
- Microwave bowl
- Wire rack
- Clean tea towel
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit). My oven is electric, so if you have a different type of oven it might take more or less time to bake.
- This recipe involves two stages. Stage one: Add the coarse wholemeal flour, the all-purpose white flour, the rolled oats, the salt and the baking powder into a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together really well with a wooden spoon. Set this aside and prepare the butter.
- To clarify your butter, you will need to pop it into the microwave. Place the butter into a microwave-safe bowl and place it into the microwave on a high heat for 10 to 20 seconds until it turns into a soft liquid. This could vary between microwaves, so set it for 10 seconds and then check it; if it hasn’t melted, then set it for another 10 seconds. If it still isn’t melted by that time, then set it for 5 more seconds until it is. Once it is done, set it aside to cool for 1 to 2 minutes.
- The second stage involves the other ingredients. Place the brown sugar into another bowl and add in the egg. Mix with a fork. Add the clarified butter to the egg and sugar mixture and again mix with the fork.
- Now add this mixture into the dry flour and oat mixture. Make sure that the sugar, egg and butter mixture is incorporated into the flour mixture really well.
- Finally you need to add the two liquids, the milk and the water. You can add these together to the mixture or you can add them in separately and then mix everything in to each other with a wooden spoon.
- Grease the inside of your loaf tin with butter and line the inside of your loaf tin with parchment paper. Once your loaf tin is ready, pour the mixture into the tin and bake it in the oven for 50 minutes. You can use a spatula to flatten the top of the bread if you like.
- Check the bread after 40 minutes to see how it is progressing. You can do a quick test to see if it is done at this stage by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre of the bread to see if it is done. If it comes away with some mixture on it, then the bread needs to stay in the oven a little longer. Set the timer for an additional 10 minutes to finish it off and then do the skewer test again. Once the skewer comes away clean, the inside of the bread is baked. Again this could vary between ovens. After 40 minutes, keep an eye on it.
- When the bread it baked, leave it in the tin for 10 minutes to cool. After that time remove it from the tin and turn it out onto a wire racks. Cover it with a clean tea towel and let it fully cool before cutting it.
- Serve with soup or eat as an open sandwich. Alternatively, it is just as delicious to eat with just butter and jam.
Can I Omit the Water or Milk?
If you don’t want to add the water or the cow’s milk, try to use an alternative type of liquid. I have always made it using these two liquids.
If you were going to use an alternative liquid I would try using oat milk.
This recipe has a very wet and runny consistency when it is prepared, so you are going to need some form of liquid for this recipe.
Add Additional Ingredients
You can also add either sultans or sunflower seeds to the recipe.
© 2020 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 01, 2020:
@Adrienne Farricelli. Yes, I think that is so much more healthier. I so want a bread machine. Making bread would be a weekly thing for me then.
Adrienne Farricelli on September 01, 2020:
I am always after recipes made of whole grains. Any bread that is without 100 percent refined flour, mixed flours in other words. I recently got a bread machine and will need to try this out. Thanks fr sharing!
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 31, 2020:
@Abby Slutsky, nope that's good advice. Sometimes you don't pick up on something that someone else could spot.
Abby Slutsky from America on August 31, 2020:
This looks delicious. I have one suggestion. I would make step one preheating the oven. Then step 2 would be discussing the stages and ending with making the clarified butter. Step 3 would logically go right into explaining how to make the clarified butter. I don't know if you will like that better, but I think it might be more fluid than having a step between the clarified butter.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 31, 2020:
@Liza, yes, it's always interesting to find new recipes on here. This bread is pretty simply to make and I like a recipe where you can add or remove ingredients.
Liza from USA on August 30, 2020:
I like trying something new, especially something that I have never made before. I love the process of making any bread. Your recipe seems easy to follow with great photos as a reference. Thank you for sharing!
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 30, 2020:
@ Liz Westwood, yes I think anything that takes you a while to prepare and bake puts you off. It's pretty healthy. I did have to add the brown sugar to it, as it just adds a little something extra.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 30, 2020:
Often I get put off bread recipes because of the preparation and time needed. This caught my eye because it seems quicker than most and also has healthier ingredients.