Here's my Irish Brown Bread recipe --
I looked at a bunch of recipes and fiddled
and tweaked, and I'm very happy with the results:
2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
2 cups buttermilk
2 T. canola oil
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped very finely
1/2 cup currants
Soak oats in 1 cup of the buttermilk for at least
a half hour; overnight is even better.
Combine dry ingredients. Add remaining buttermilk
and oil to egg, then add to dry ingredients.
Add currants and walnuts. Mix -- this will make a
stiff dough -- you might want to knead it a few times
to smooth it out a bit -- not much kneading, though!
Form a round loaf, flatten it slightly, and cut a cross
in it. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, lower heat
to 350, bake for another 10 minutes, turn oven off
and leave bread in for an additional 10 minutes.
Let cool completely before cutting, or the bread
Slice, butter, enjoy!