Brown Bread Recipe

brown bread

Ingredients for Brown Bread:

  • 3½ lbs (1.65 kg) strong white flour
  • 3½ lbs (1.65 kg) wholemeal flour
  • 1 oz (25 g) salt
  • 4 tablespoons oil or 3½ oz (100 g) lard or white margarine
  • 3½ pints (2 litres) water
  • 2 oz (56 g) fresh yeast or 1 oz (28 g) dried
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar

Method for making Brown Bread:

  1. Sieve the white flour with the salt into a warm bowl.  Add the wholemeal flour and mix well.
  2. Rub or stir in the fat (depending on what you are using) and leave in a warm place.
  3. Cream the yeast with the caster sugar and add 1½ pints (900 ml) warm water. Leave until frothy.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the yeast mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with flour and leave for 15 – 20 minutes to set the sponge.
  6. Mix to an elastic dough, adding more warm water as necessary.
  7. Beat well with the hands to mix thoroughly.
  8. Put into a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  9. Turn the dough on to a floured boards and knead well for 10 minutes.
  10. Divide the mixture equally into 4 and knead the pieces again.
  11. Put into 4 2lb (900 g) warmed, greased and lightly floured tins, cover with a clean cloth and leave to prove until the dough just reaches the tops of the tins.
  12. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at Gas Mark 7 (425°F/220°C) for about 45 – 60 minutes until they sound hollow when tapped at the bottom.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 4 2lb (900 g) loaves. Alternately divide into 8 and make 8 1lb (450 g) loaves.

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