Guinness soda bread

Two loaves of Guinness soda bread, a yummy savoury treatI Use honey instead of treacle or sugar for a sweeter tasting bread!

Two loaves of Guinness soda bread, a yummy savoury treat

It's best to eat the Guinness soda bread fresh, but it's equally fine if toasted the next day. Use honey instead of treacle or sugar for a sweeter tasting bread!

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Ingredients

  • butter for greasing
  • 450 g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 rounded tbsp black treacle or brown sugar
  • 200 ml buttermilk
  • 250 ml Guinness or other stout

Instructions

1
Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7 and butter a large baking sheet.
2
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add treacle or sugar, buttermilk and stout, mix with a knife, then use your hand to form a sticky dough.
3
Tip the dough out and knead a little until smooth. Cut in half, then form each piece into a round. Put on a baking sheet and dust with a little wholemeal flour. Cut a cross in the tops and bake for 35-40 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped on the base.
4
Cool, then slice and serve with butter and honey, or with smoked fish and a piquant salad, or with soup.

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