"A Taste of the Forster Court"

Home-made Guinness Brown Bread


guinness_brown_bread.jpg (Guinness_Brown_Bread) Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 small loaf


600g / 5 ½ cups plain wholemeal / wholemeal all purpose flour
150g / 1 ¼ cups plain white / white all purpose flour
75g / ½ cup oatmeal
2 ½ teaspoons of bread soda
2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
40g / ¼ cup unsalted butter
480 ml / 2 cups milk
200 ml / 3/4 cups black treacle / molasses
½ pint draught Guinness (see note above)


  • Preheat the oven to 170 °C/350 °F/gas 4 and lightly grease a loaf tin with butter

  • Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles fine breadcrumbs - I recommend working quickly as the mixture can easily become greasy if over mixed, or mixed using too warm hands

  • Add the milk, black treacle / molasses and the Guinness. Mix to create a wet dough

  • Grease a standard loaf tin, add the wet dough and bake in the oven for 40 - 45 mins or until the bread is well risen and cooked through

Leave for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.  Delicious whether served slightly warm or cold served with with salty butter and smoked salmon, cold meats or cheeses!