Irish soda bread is a classic dish that is much easier to make than the taste would suggest. The addition of Guinness Extra Stout (the bottle, not the can) brings a wonderful sweetness and depth that takes this simple bread recipe from good to great. That’s what we’re going to do today.
The recipe below is, as we said, super easy. You can do this by doing something else. The dough does not need to be kneaded. You don’t have to wait for the yeast to activate. It’s a quick bread – like cookies, scones, or Southern fry bread – and all you really have to do is fold wet and dry ingredients into a loose dough and bake it. Happy Saint Paddy!
We add a little Guinness into the mix because we crave a little more flavor and the iconic stout delivers that. There is a lovely rich, malty and even nutty energy to Guinness. Plus, it doubles down on the Irish aspect of it all. Let’s dive!
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I ate the first slice of it 100% with good Irish butter, which melted right into the crumb of the soda bread and got into every nook and cranny. It was fantastic. Then I took out some cold smoked salmon and had a great lunch.
Not to stress the point, but it took five minutes to get into the oven from start to finish. Then just wait for it to cook and cool slightly. It’s an easy bread to make while you work, do chores, or watch your phone. Plus, it’s really delicious still hot from the oven.
No ceiling: all the bread is gone in one hour.