A quick and easy recipe for Irish soda bread! Add a festive, fun touch with a Guinness glaze and a little stout-spiked butter.
Irish Soda Bread
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1¾ cups of buttermilk (or enough to moisten dough)
- 1 12-oz bottle Guinness
- ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
- Two pinches of kosher salt (1 pinch of table salt)
- ¼ cup Guinness glaze
Mix + bake soda bread
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Combine all dry ingredients for bread in a large bowl. Pour in buttermilk, and mix with a wooden spoon until large lumps form. Add more buttermilk as needed to form a moist, but not sticky dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently just until the bread comes together.
- For one large loaf, shape into a 2-inch high round, or divide the dough into four mini-loaves.
- Score dough with an inch-deep cross.
- Bake loaves on a parchment-lined, lightly floured sheet pan until golden brown, and the loaves sound hollow when you tap the bottoms. This will be 15-25 minutes for individual loaves, about 30 minutes for one large loaf.
- Combine Guinness and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Simmer until reduced to about a half cup, about 30 minutes.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Mix softened butter, salt and molasses with a spatula until well blended.
- Add ¼ cup of Guinness syrup (or to taste).