Iceland: Icelandic Brown Bread Recipe

This easy Icelandic brown bread recipe is sure to become a favourite - with no yeast to worry about, it's an easy make for beginner bakers, and delicious served slightly warm with butter - yum!

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  • 2 C wholemeal flour

  • 1 1/2 C high grade flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 3/4 tsp baking powder

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 C buttermilk

  • 1/4 C molasses (or treacle)


  1. Preheat your oven to 150ºC (300ºF).

  2. Grease a loaf tin and set aside.

  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

  4. Mix the buttermilk and molasses (or treacle) together in a measuring jug and pour the mixture into the dry ingredients.

  5. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine thoroughly.

  6. Once completely mixed, pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and allow to stand for 10 minutes.

  7. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.

  8. Check if the loaf is done by poking a toothpick in the centre of the loaf and if it comes out clean, remove the bread from the oven.

  9. If necessary, run a knife around the edge of the loaf tin, and then turn the bread out onto a cooling rack.

  10. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing - if you try to slice the loaf when it's too warm, it will just fall apart. Delicious served warm with butter!

makes 1 loaf bread, prep time 25 minutes, cooking time 1 hour

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