The Best Brown Bread in All the Land


The Best Brown Bread in All the Land

It wasn’t all about the agriculture at September’s ploughing championships. Tucked away in the Aldi tent, the National Ploughing Championships ran their brown bread baking competition in association with the ICA, and a group of women battled it out for the coveted title of the best brown bread maker in the land.

The overall winner was Betty Williams from Clonmel and Edel Coffey joined Sean to discuss having been down to Clonmel last week to get Betty’s secrets to making quality brown bread.


6 ozs white flour

10 ozs brown flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp bread soda

2 ozs bran flakes crushed with a rolling pin

2 ozs porridge oats

2 ozs ‘Harvest Morn’ Golden Linseed Crunch with milled sunflower and pumpkin seeds and a touch of honey (available from Aldi)

1 egg

Approx ¾ litre of buttermilk

Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top before placing bread in oven

Cook at 200 degrees in a fan oven for 30 minutes then reduce heat to 170 degrees and cook for another 30 minutes.

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