Soda Bread with Guinness Stout

Soda Bread with Guinness Stout  is my modern update to one of our Traditional recipes for Irish Soda Bread. This one adds a slight twist by adding a little sugar, caraway seeds and Guinness Stout to the normal 4 ingredients of flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt.

While I love Traditional Irish Soda Bread, I also like  adding my special signature to our traditional recipes and having a little fun. These bread recipes are so easy I normally don’t mind making a few of them for everyone to enjoy. Traditionalists can enjoy the traditional recipe or have a little fun if they desire, It’s all good.

Soda Bread with Guinness StoutSoda bread (Irish: arán sóide, Scots: fardel) is a variety of bread made with sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda, it is used as a leavening agent instead of the more common yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide.

Below you will find a simple and easy twist to the Traditional Soda Bread to enjoy with your family and friends.

 Soda Bread with GUINNESS Stout 

  • 5 and 1/4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 16 ounces of Buttermilk
  • 2 ounces Guinness Stout
  • 1/2 cup flour-reserved , cutting board


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Before you start preparing the dough, 1st grease a Dutch oven and preheat it in  a  425-degree oven for about 10 minutes
  3. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar,caraway seeds, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and slowly pour in the buttermilk incorporating it into the dry ingredients with a heavy wooden spoon . You will want to do this a little at a time.
  4. Once all ingredients have been mixed together to form a sticky dough place it out on a floured cutting board and knead lightly . Only Knead a short time!
  5. Form the dough into a ball and flatten slightly into a disc shape. Place a sharp knife in flour , so the dough will not stick to it and make a cross on the top of your bread dough.
  6. Place the dough into the preheated Dutch oven and cover with the lid – bake for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid from the Dutch oven and bake another 15 minutes.



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