Guinness soda bread

Guinness soda bread
  • Serves icon Makes 1 loaf
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10 min, oven time 55-60 min

The Dairy founder Robin Gill’s recipe for Guinness soda bread is  great for those who are new to bread-making. It doesn’t require yeast so there’s no kneading or proving involved and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare before baking.

In his own words: ”This is one of the easiest and most satisfying bread recipes. I bake it every St Patrick’s Day and serve it with smoked salmon on the day, then on the following days with jam and butter or a bowl of soup.”.

Nutrition: For 12

Calories
209kcals
Fat
1.7g (0.4g saturated)
Protein
6.4g
Carbohydrates
38.9g (3.7g sugars)
Fibre
3.5g
Salt
3.5g
Calories
209kcals
Fat
1.7g (0.4g saturated)
Protein
6.4g
Carbohydrates
38.9g (3.7g sugars)
Fibre
3.5g
Salt
3.5g

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 15g bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150g jumbo oats
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250ml buttermilk (see tip)

You’ll also need…

  • 7cm x 23cm x 12cm (standard size) loaf tin lined with compostable baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then make a well in the centre. Add the remaining ingredients to the well, then work the mixture with your hands to make a loose, smooth and wet dough.
  2. Put the dough in the prepared tin. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5 and bake for a further 35-40 minutes. Remove the bread from the tin, then bake directly on the oven rack for 5 minutes more or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced with salted butter.

delicious. tips

  1. If you can’t find buttermilk, mix 225ml whole or semi-skimmed milk with 25ml fresh lemon juice, then set aside to thicken for 5 minutes

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  1. Made this using wholemeal spelt flour and was really pleased with the result. It has a great flavour with a little bit of sweetness so would probably be good with cheese. Really tasty toasted too.

  2. I sometimes take the bread out of the tin with 5 mins to go, switch off the oven and let it sit on the rack in the oven for an hour or so.. just let’s it cook through perfectly 👍 Also… a can of Guinness and a BOTTLE of Guinness are quite different. The bottles has bubbles, a can/draught does not. Makes a difference when making this bread but still tastes lovely either way!

  3. I made this Guinness soda bread at the start of the first lockdown and I haven’t stopped. It is so easy to make and so delicious.
    I have substituted the Guinness with a golden ale and I use 250g of whole meal flour and 200g of plain flour.
    Thank you Delicious for such a wonderful recipe.

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