Mary’s Brown Bread


This is a ‘fond memory’ bread which my mother made very often – and in two minutes flat we’d demolish it! It’s made in a Pyrex bowl. Something simple …. but there’s something comforting about the aroma of soda bread baking in the oven.


  • 225g plain flour
  • 225g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 40g butter, melted (about 2 tbsp), plus extra for brushing
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 380ml buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.

Brush a 900ml Pyrex bowl with melted butter.

Place the flours and salt into a large bowl. Sift in the bread soda and mix well. Put the molasses, melted butter, egg and buttermilk in a jug and whisk well. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to form a soft dough.

Transfer to the prepared Pyrex bowl. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. To

check that the loaf is cooked, tap the base – it should sound hollow. Transfer to a cooling rack. If you want a soft crust, cover with a damp tea towel.

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