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Guinness Soda Bread

Guinness Soda Bread

Enjoy the rich, smooth taste of Irish stout in this gorgeous Guinness Soda Bread recipe from the Dairy Diary.

Guinness Soda Bread


Butter for greasing

Wholemeal flour 450g (1lb), plus extra for dusting

Plain flour 150g (5oz)

Salt ½ tsp

Bicarbonate of soda 1½ tsp

Black treacle or brown sugar

1 rounded tbsp

Buttermilk 200ml (7fl oz)

Guinness or other stout 250ml (8fl oz)



Preheat oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7 and butter a large baking sheet.


Mix 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.


Tip dough out and knead a little until smooth. Cut in half then form each piece into a round. Put on baking sheet, 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.


Cool, then slice and serve with butter and honey or with smoked fish and a piquant salad, or with soup.

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    • Robert
    • 19/04/2019

    What a tasty combination of stout and crusty bread and butter! Afternoon tea has grown up!

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    A few more like this, in fact a series of world breads, especially sourdough and kaiserbrot would be welcome. Along with an app to store them in/on would be appreciated.

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