Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Everyone I know loves fresh homemade bread of any type. One of my favourites is Irish Soda Bread.

I’ve developed my own recipe with a couple of odd quirks, including adding Guinness©, which gives the bread a bit more of a cake texture. I can’t seem to leave recipes ‘alone’ but must continually change them to make them my own!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing my recipe here!

MARY SULLIVAN’S GUINNESS© IRISH SODA BREAD

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 TBS. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1 cup Guinness©

Stir together the two flours, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, which together yogurt, oil and Guinness©. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir with fork until soft dough forms.

On lightly floured surface and with floured hands, press dough into a ball; knead lightly 10 times. The dough will feel sticky, but will bake up just fine.

Place onto a greased baking sheet; gently pat dough into a 7-inch circle. Sprinkle with a little flour. With a sharp knife, score a large X on top of the loaf.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. A tester inserted into the centre should come out clean.

Optional: add flax seeds or finely chopped nuts, if desired. This is excellent served warm with butter and jam or cheese, along with a cup of hot tea!

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