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Irish Brown Yeast Bread

March 15

This has to be one of the easiest bread recipes in the world with no kneading it’s a no brainer! The loaf can be frozen and defrosted when needed and is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty soup or made into a chunky sandwich.


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  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  2. 2. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Dissolve the treacle in the warm water and add to the dry mix. With a large spoon combine the ingredients until it forms a wet mixture.
  3. 3. Turn the mixture into an oiled and floured loaf tin, sprinkle with seeds and cover with cling film or a damp tea towel. Place in a warm spot to allow the yeast to do its work for approx 20 minutes and then cook in the oven for about 45-50 minutes.
  4. 4. You will know when the loaf is done when you tap the bottom and it sounds hollow. The bread is quite moist and will last for anything up to a week, you can store it in an airtight container. It also freezes brilliantly for up to a month, so you could also make a few extra to save for later.

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Makes 1 loaf:

450g wholemeal flour

1 tsp salt

1 7g sachet dried yeast

1 tsp treacle

445ml warm water

A small handful of mixed seeds