Nettle Brown Buns

Nettle Leaf Brown Bread Recipe

Nettle Leaf Brown Buns

This will make 6 large sandwich rolls of nettle bread


  • 100g nettle tops – wilted in a pan and finely chopped (or 10g dried nettle leaves powdered)
  • 1 sachet of bread yeast – or 1 tsp
  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 1 tblsp birch sap syrup (or honey)
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 350ml water
  • 50g salted butter – melted
  • 1 tspn salt – ground


  • In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and yeast together dry.
  • Make a well in the middle and add your birch sap syrup, olive oil, water and chopped nettles.
  • Mix thoroughly with a spoon then lay out on a floured surface.
  • Knead the mixture with your hands for 10 minutes – be firm with the kneading, pulling the edges to the centre and pushing down firmly.
  • When it’s ready it shouldn’t stick to your hands but should be elastic as well
  • Place it back in your large bowl with some cling film over the top of the bowl and leave somewhere for 2 hours – by this time it should have doubled in size
  • Cut in to 6 equal portions and round each in to a ball, place these on to a greased baking tray and leave for a further 30 minutes to rise again
  • Brush the top of these with the melted butter and place in the oven – 200C for 35 minutes.
  • They will be ready when they sound hollow if you knock on the bottom of them.
  • Enjoy filled with your favourite sandwich filling, with a bowl of nettle or other soup or with a little of the sweet ciceley and marrow fat bean side dish on.

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