Soda bread can come in all shapes, sizes and styles. While I was in Ireland I was able to sample many versions of this delicious bread and by the time the trip was over I knew what I loved most about an Irish Brown Soda Bread and what I wanted to create. While my version is not wholly tradition, I feel that it pays tribute to what I fell in love with on my trip.This bread had a deep rich flavor from the Guinness and a touch of sweetness from the honey and the brown sugar. Enjoy this hearty and delicious sweet brown irish soda bread on its own or beside a nice hearty Irish stew.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Yields: 1 loaf | 12 Slices
11.25 oz (about 2 1/2 cups) whole-wheat flour
2.25 oz (about 1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup guinness
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp honey
5 tbsp butter
1 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1Preheat oven to 350°
2Grease a loaf pan and coat with flour or line with parchment paper.
3Add flours and other dry ingredients (through salt) to a large bowl or stand mixer bowl. For the best results add the flours by weight. Mix the dry ingredients until combined and then make a well in the center for the wet ingredients.
4Put the Guinness in a pan over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble lightly. Add the brown sugar, molasses, honey and butter to the pan and stir until well combined. Turn down the heat and let the Guinness simmer for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
5While the Guinness mixture cools, lightly beat one large egg in a separate bowl then add the buttermilk and vanilla. Stir until combined.
6Pour the Guinness mixture into the well in the center of the dry ingredients then add the egg mixture. A stand mixer with a paddle attachment works best or mix with a spatula just until everything is combined.
7Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and top with a sprinkle of oats.
8Cook at 350° for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center cleanly.
9When you can't stand waiting any longer to eat this delicious bread remove the loaf to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with some wonderful Kerrygold butter or some Sweet Guinness Dipping Sauce.
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