Tear and Share Bread

I came across this recipe whilst watching the Great Irish Bake Off.  It looked stunning, so it was something I just had to have a go at.  I’ve made it several times and it isn’t as daunting as you think.


  • 500g strong flour
  • 20g fresh yeast (or approx 9-10g dried yeast)
  • 60g eggs
  • 10g milk powder (optional)
  • 15g sugar
  • 10g salt
  • 210ml warm water
  • 60g butter


Sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, linseed, sesame seeds, polenta, strong white flour, caraway seeds (as many or as few as you wish)


  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add the salt, sugar and milk powder and mix it through.
  2. In a separate bowl measure out the eggs and add them to the yeast and warm water.  Mix until the yeast has dissolved.
  3. Make a well in the flour and pour the mixture in.  Using your fingers draw the flour into the centre of the well until the dough is formed.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a board and knead for around 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.  Put into a bowl and cover with clingfilm and leave until doubled in size.  This may take 20 minutes or could take over an hour.  I normally leave mine for approximately an hour.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured work top and knock it back.  Weigh the dough and divide it equally into 19 portions.  It is important that each piece is the same size!
  6. Roll each doughball until it forms an even ball.  I find the best way to do this is making a cup with the palm of your hand placed over the dough and roll it in a circle on the board.  You do have to be quite firm!
  7. Moisten the top of each of the balls of dough with a little milk.   Put your toppings on the board and dip each doughball in a topping of your choice.
  8. Tear and Share Toppings
  9. Place the doughballs into a 25cm cake tin.
  10. Once all the doughballs are in, cover loosely with a clean tea-towel and leave to prove for approx 20 minutes.
  11. Tear and Share Proving
  12. Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Put the bread into the oven for approximately 25 minutes.
  13.  Enjoy, these are really good with a bowl of soup or cheese!

Tear and Share - Baked

Tear and Share - Split


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