This is another recipe passed down from Old Jimmy McFadden, a master soda bread baker from the north west of the Emerald Isle. This wholesome, soda bread from rustic Ireland looks and tastes like it was prepared with hours of love and care in front of a cosy turf fire listening to the Atlantic Winter wind whistling down the chimney. The reality being, it’s very easy to make and requires no yeast and rising time. A warm loaf, ready to be buttered, can be out of the oven in roundabout 50-55 minutes.
Baking Time: 50-55 minutes
Makes: One large loaf
500g wholemeal plain flour
50g rolled oats
10g fine salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
40g unsalted butter, cubed
175g natural yogurt
60g black treacle or molasses
1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas 6. Grease a large baking tray. Put the flour, oats, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and them blend together using spoon. Add the diced butter and rub it into the dry ingredients using your hands. Make sure no large visible lumps are remaining. Using another mixing bowl, stir together the Guinness, natural yogurt and treacle (or molasses), until the treacle dissolves – this will take a little time, but be patient and all will come together.
2. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and, with a strong hand, bring everything together into a rough dough. Then shape the dough into a ball and put it on the greased baking tray. Using a sharp knife cut a shallow cross into the centre of the dough (in traditional Irish baking lore, this lets the fairies of the west fly out of the loaf, but it also helps the bread to bake). Bake for 50-55 minutes until golden brown.
3. When ready, transfer to a wire rack. If you like the crust soft, cover with a tea towel. Guinness and Treacle Soda bread is best eaten while warm. While the bread is still warm break the loaf into quarters and spread each quarter with butter.
Dublin – Home of Old McFadden’s Guinness and Treacle Soda Bread
When in Dublin, Why not visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn about the stout brewing process? The storehouse is home of the inspirational black stout that’s the key ingredient of Old McFadden’s Guinness and Treacle Soda Bread, there you can experience the heart and soul of Ireland’ iconic “Black Stuff”. Explore the story of Arthur Guinness, stout brewer, before taking in panoramic views of Dublin from the 360-degree Guinness Gravity Bar while enjoying an expertly poured, finely chilled, perfectly settled pint of Guinness that’s included in your Guinness Storehouse ticket.
Visit their rooftop restaurant to try their Guinness-inspired food such as their very own interpretation of Guinness and Treacle Soda Bread. It takes a lot to be epic, but Arthur Guinness has done it. A pint of the “Black Stuff” is now world famous, but this slow-settling black stout started off life in the humble setting of St James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin’s old town. In the year 1759, Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease on the St James’s Gate brewery. Less than two centuries later, at the zenith of black stout brewing, the Guinness Storehouse was created. Built in the style of the Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago School of Architecture in 1904, it was the original fermentation house. Today it’s Dublin and Ireland’s number one tourist attraction – a shining, state-of-the-art, multi media exhibition on everything Guinness from 19th century advertising to the master craft of stout brewing.
Remember to top the tour off with that pint of the black stuff in the panoramic Gravity Bar. Once there, raise your glass to Arthur Guinness and his wonderfully crafted creation!
When life looks as black as pitch, A pint of the black stuff will make you rich, but with a Baker’s dozen you could end of in a ditch.” – Old McFadden, Master Soda Bread Baker, on responsible stout drinking.