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Sweet Samhain Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Ring in Samhain with this sweet buttermilk bread recipe.
Sweet Samhain Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Serves 6 to 8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes


4 mugs strong white flour
2 cups|500 ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 dessert spoons honey
3 dessert spoons golden syrup
2 handfuls mixed dried fruit
1 handful mixed citrus peels
3 pieces of stem ginger, roughly chopped (the kind you get in syrup)
chopped walnuts and rich brown sugar, for sprinkling
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 purple ribbon
1 red ribbon


  1. Sieve the flour, salt, baking soda, fruit, ginger, and citrus peels in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Shake the buttermilk carton and pour into a bowl, then add the honey and golden syrup.
  2. Stir the buttermilk mixture well and pour into the centre of the flour mixture, leaving a little for glazing. Mix with your hands until springy.
  3. Turn onto a floured board and pat with both hands into a round shape.
  4. Glaze the top with the buttermilk mixture and sprinkle with chopped nuts and sugar. Place on a greased baking tray and pop into a moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Keep a watchful eye on it. When ready your bread will change colour and sound hollow when you tap the bottom.
  6. When the bread has cooled but still a little warm wrap with greaseproof paper and tie your ribbons across the top in a bow. Best eaten warm, but it also reheats really well.

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