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Barley Bread

This is a delicious barley bread recipe that includes tips for how to make it a traditional English barley bread. If you try one of these recipes, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page to share your whole grain cooking experience with others.
Ingredients (Makes 1 Loaf)

This recipe is an adaptation of Alton Brown's
bread recipe from the Food Network.

  • 3 cups barley flour


  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 tablespoons baking powder


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus extra for skillet


  • 2 eggs


  • 1 cup whole milk


  • Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 inch cast iron skillet with some vegetable oil and place in oven while preheating. (Why a cast iron skillet? It is the secret to a perfect crust.) If you don't have a cast iron skillet then grease an 8 inch square pan and set-aside (not in oven).

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.

    In a separate, smaller bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium-low speed, mix together the honey, 1/4 cup oil, eggs, and milk. Slowly add the egg-mixture to the flour mixture until everything is just moistened.

    Pour batter into the cast iron skillet or prepared pan and bake 30 - 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (internal temperature 190 degrees F. Cut into squares and serve warm.

    Traditional English Barley Bread Recipe

    Use all of the baking ingredients as directed above but substitute wheat flour for half of the barley flour. Then follow the same directions.

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