Vintage Baking: Irish Wheaten Bread
It has become a pleasure to research vintage recipes and to attempt baking them. I am not the best of bakers but will certainly give it a go. I do hope you liked my vintage recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Custard Kisses?
With the Great British Bake Off now on our screens it has spurred me to continue baking and researching a new recipe each week. Since it is bread week on GBBO I have decided to make a good old Irish favourite – Wheaten Bread. It is extremely easy and quick to make – no waiting about for it to prove! It has been a favourite in my family for many years, it can be eaten with butter and jam or with cheese on top to make it a savoury treat.
Wheaten Bread has been a staple of Irish baking for many years, with Irish bakers bypassing yeast and instead using Bicarbonate of Soda which brings us to the other name for Wheaten Bread – Soda Bread. The reason why Soda Bread was so popular was the fact it could be baked at the open fire. I’m sure you have seen the pictures of the iron plate resting directly on the fire embers?
Original photo can be found here.
Less of the history lesson please, I hear you say. So, let’s get down to it, here is my basic Wheaten Bread recipe.
What you will need:
200g of wholemeal flour
100g of plain flour
400 mls of Butter Milk (if you can’t find butter milk you can sour regular milk with vinegar)
25 g butter
2 teaspoons of Bicarbonate of Soda
2 heaped teaspoons of sugar (as an alternative to the sugar you could use honey or maple syrup)
1 small teaspoon of salt.
Heat oven to 180 C
Grease and flour a round sandwich tin or a loaf tin
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, then cut the butter in to small pieces and rub the mixture through until it is like breadcrumbs.
Start to add the butter milk, just a small drop at a time, you don’t want a runny mixture but is should be a soft dough.
Knead the mixture lightly, then shape in to a round (if you are using a round sandwich tin) and place in your tin.
Cut a deep cross on top of the bread.
Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes.
I highly recommend you sit down and relax with your wheaten covered in butter and jam and a lovely cup of tea, if you like the vintage tea cup and vintage plate featured here, go on over and visit my etsy shop where you will find more lovely vintage tea cups and vintage tea cup trios. Perfect for treating yourself!