This recipe is a soda bread recipe, thus, extremely simple to make and great for anyone who prefers to cut down on yeast. The recipe calls for draught Guinness, but if that is a problem (ie you don't have a pub handy where you can go buy a pint) then use bottled.
I ate this bread on a trip to Ireland at the home of Guinness, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and the recipe comes from there. The storehouse was a fermentation plant for 84 years but is now a 7-storey visitor centre.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 1 small loaf
- 600g / 5 ½ cups plain wholemeal / wholemeal all purpose flour
- 150g / 1 ¼ cups plain white / white all purpose flour
- 75g / ½ cup oatmeal
- 2 ½ teaspoons of bread soda
- 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- 40g / ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 480 ml / 2 cups milk
- 200 ml / 3/4 cups black treacle / molasses
- ½ pint draught Guinness (see note above)
- Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles fine breadcrumbs - I recommend working quickly as the mixture can easily become greasy if over mixed, or mixed using too warm hands.
- Add the milk, black treacle / molasses and the Guinness. Mix to create a wet dough.
- Grease a standard loaf tin, add the wet dough and bake in the oven for 40 - 45 mins or until the bread is well risen and cooked through.
- Leave for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Eat while slightly warm if you like, or leave to go completely cold. Delicious with salty butty and Irish smoked salmon, cold meats or cheeses.
Other recipes you may like to try using Guinness in your cooking:
- Guinness Rarebit, cheese on toast to you and me but with the addition of Guinness.
- The lovely, ubiquitous Guinness and Ale Pie
Who doesn't love a delicious moist chocolate cake? So when a splash of Guinness dark and zesty orange is added as well you have a to-die-for and exceedingly moist Guinness and Orange Moist Chocolate Cake. Yum.