Simon Pearce’s Ballymaloe Brown Bread Recipe

Simon Pearce

A full production-to-table experience at the Simon Pearce flagship location, in Quechee, Vermont, reflects the legendary glassblower’s mission to meld character and function in the creation of treasured heirlooms. At the company’s two-hundred-year-old former woolen mill, spectators can witness workshop demonstrations before perusing an array of handmade merchandise in the retail space. Coming full circle, an on-site restaurant and bar offer locally sourced cuisine, served on the company’s elegant glassware and pottery. Seasonal menus pay tribute to Simon’s heritage, with cherished recipes, such as his mother’s hearty Ballymaloe Brown Bread, bringing the unforgettable taste of Ireland to this picturesque East Coast community.

Simon Pearce Brown Bread Recipe

Ballymaloe Brown Bread
Makes 2 loaves
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  1. 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  2. 1 1/3 ounces fresh yeast or 2 packages active dry yeast
  3. 3 1/4 cups warm water
  4. Small amount of unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
  5. 7 cups wholemeal flour
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the molasses and yeast.
  3. Add water and gently whisk to break up any lumps.
  4. Allow about 10 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  5. Grease two 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pans.
  6. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt and make a well in the center of the mixture.
  7. Add yeast mixture and mix gently by hand until thoroughly combined.
  8. Divide batter evenly between the two loaf pans and allow batter to rise for 10 t0 20 minutes, or until the dough comes to the top of the pans (be careful not to let the loaves overproof).
  9. Bake loaves at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  10. Rotate loaves, turn heat down to 350 degrees, and bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove loaves from the pans, return them to the over upside-down, placing them directly on an oven rack, and bake for 25 minutes.
  12. When done, the outside of the loaves should be firm.
(Reprinted with permission from A Way of Living, by Pia and Simon Pearce, with Glenn Suokko.)

Learn more about the artistry of Simon Pearce in “House of Glass,” on page 71 in the January/February 2016 issue of Victoria magazine. 

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  1. Hi! What a beautiful design you have created. I just ordered a book through your si:gaPtean Christmas. It looks good. When my boys were little I knit them all these little jackets called Tomten Jackets. It was a pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman and looks just like the pictures of your book. Love from luna :>D


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