Guinness bread

Paul Breen creates an Irish classic with his more-ishly moist soda bread made with a good glug of Irish stout
Guinness bread
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  • Serves: Makes 1 loaf
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 600 g wholemeal flour
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 75 g oatmeal
  • 2' tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2' tbsp brown sugar
  • 40 g butter
  • 480 ml milk
  • 200 ml black treacle
  • 285 ml Guinness


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/ gas 3.

2. Put the flours, oatmeal, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, and a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture develops the consistency of breadcrumbs.

3. Pour in the milk, black treacle and Guinness. Mix until you reach a wet dough.

4. Bake in a greased bread tin for 40-45 until well risen and lightly browned. Leave in the tin for around 5 minutes after removing from the oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

5. Serve with plenty of butter or some Irish smoked salmon.

Recipe and image supplied by Guinness

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