We all know appearances can be deceiving. Just one look at the pretty garden forecourt of Gleeson’s Townhouse and Restaurant and you’d think it was where tranquility lived. And you’d be right – almost.
You see, inside that lovely old stone building in County Roscommon, hiding among the atmosphere of old world calm is a kitchen that’s crackling with culinary creativity. In the middle of the steam and the sauces, the chips and the chocolate is head chef Gerry Doyle, the man who has given us this most delicious of bread recipes.
The last time we posted a winter warming vegetable soup, you, dear readers, were calling out in your droves for this little cracker – Irish Guinness Bread. And you know your wish is our command! Now, it’s pretty safe to assume that when he was perfecting his famous porter, Arthur Guinness didn’t imagine his creation would go towards making a wonderful loaf of bread. But the fact remains that it does, and when the smell of freshly baked Guinness Bread is wafting around your kitchen you’ll be forgiven for holding a warm buttery slice aloft and saying to both Arthur and Gerry – ‘Cheers!’
Gleeson’s Glorious Irish Guinness Bread
Preparation time 20 minutes. Cooking time 50 minutes. Makes 3-4 loaves.
- 1kg (8.8 cups) wholemeal flour (Wholewheat Flour)
- 500g (4.5 cups) strong flour (Bread Flour)
- 125g (1.1 cups) pinhead oats (Steel Cut Oats)
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of sugar
- 100g (3.5oz) butter
- 1Litre (34fluid 0z) buttermilk
- 350g (12.3 oz) treacle (molasses)
- 150ml (5 fluid oz) Guinness Stout
- 1 level teaspoon of bread soda (Bicarbonate of soda)
- 1 small handful of sesame seeds
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well and set aside
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the buttermilk and heat until tepid
- Now add the treacle to the saucepan and stir slowly until well combined through the buttermilk
- Remove the pot from the heat
- Add the Guinness and stir
- Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients, add the liquid and stir gently to make a moist paste
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F and prepare the baking tin by brushing the inside with butter and dusting with flour.
- Pour the mixture in the tin, sprinkle with sesame seeds and place in preheated oven for ten minutes, then reduce heat to 140°C/275°F and cook for a further 40 minutes
- After removing the bread from the oven, allow it to cool on a bread rack for 10 minutes
- Serve with butter and fresh pesto or homemade jams
What can we say, delicious! Don’t forget to let us know how your Irish Guinness Bread recipe turns out!
Fancy making turning this bread-making into meal-making? We have the know-how for Irish Stew recipe, Irish Vegetable Soup recipe, Irish Fish Pie recipe and even green drinks in the spirit of St Patrick’s day!