• Mix, Add, Enjoy: Learning Imperatives While Making Irish Brown Bread

    Irish brown bread is delicious and nutritious. It is also easy to make. Let’s look at a recipe, discover some new vocabulary and learn about imperatives, verbs used to give orders, instructions and directions, while we do so.

    Irish Brown Bread.

    What you will need or ingredients:

    3 cups of whole wheat bread flour,

    1 cup of white flour,

    1 teaspoon of baking soda,

    2 cups of buttermilk (see note)

    Pinch of salt,

    1 egg 2 ozs of butter.


    If you can’t find buttermilk, substitute it with sour milk in the same amount.  For each cup of sour milk needed, place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a cup.  Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid and stir.  Leave mixture for 5 minutes before using.


    Melt the butter over a low heat.

    In a bowl, beat the egg and add in the buttermilk (or sour milk).

    Keep stirring the mixture and then add in the egg.

    In another bowl, put all the dry ingredients (white and brown flour, baking soda, salt) together and fold in the contents of the first bowl.

    Keep folding the ingredients until you have a wet dough. If it is too dry add in more buttermilk/milk. If it is too wet, add in more white flour.

    Now it should look like this!

    Place it on a baking tray sprinkled with flour and then cook it in the oven at around 400F for 45-50 minutes.

    Serve it cold with strawberry jam.


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