Multiseed Brown Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread is what I craved most when I lived overseas.   There is nothing more comforting then having homemade brown bread with lashings of butter and lovely, lovely jam washed down with a steaming mug of tea.   Brown bread is another Irish institution,  it is served (requested or not) with soup in every eatery and restaurant, it is what the population expect and adore.

This particular recipe is so quick and simple that its criminal not to make it regularly.   Once you have tried it you will be waving goodbye to store bought bread in favour of having something fresh, natural and oh so good for you!

What do I need?

  • 12oz/350g wholemeal flour (odlums or Howards)
  • 2oz/50g plain flour
  • 2oz/50g Porridge oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 level teaspoons bread soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 dessert spoon of sunflower oil
  • 18floz/500ml buttermilk
  • 3 tablesppons mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower)

What do I do?

  • Preheat your oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3
  • Put all the flours sieved bread soda salt and porridge oats into a large mixing bowl, mix well.
  • In a seperate bowl beat the eggs with the oil, and add to dry mix
  • Mix in the buttermilk and get the mix to a “sloppy” consistency
  • Add two tablespoons of your mixed seeds to the mix
  • Pour into a greased 2lb loaf tin and smooth the top with a wet spoon
  • Sprinkle over the remaining seeds
  • Bake in oven for 1 hour
  • After 1hr take bread out,remove from tin and return to oven to bake for a further 20 mins.
  • Remove from oven and allow the bread to cool. ( if you cut into it at this stage it will just fall apart on you)
  • Once cool, serve either toasted, or fresh with soup, or butter and jam! enjoy!

(Photography by David McClelland)



  1. Sarah Flynn says:

    Oh yum yum YUM!!! I may even make this tomorrow cos really nice bread recipes are so hard to by. Another delectable blog post Dee good on you 😉 x

  2. Looks fab. My boyfriend’s mom is always making amazing looking bread like this, but she unfortunately also uses buttermilk so I can have any (the banes of a lactose intolerant!)

  3. I think there is still some left! Oh yeah, think I’ll pop myself on some nice seedy toast 🙂

  4. This bread looks amazing.

  5. Gorgeous bread – and perfect photos to boot!

  6. Waving good bye!! Looking for lashings of jam and sweet butter:) Love this recipe!!

  7. I don’t bake bread very often, but this looks really tasty! I think I need to add this to my notebook of “recipes to try”!

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