Brown Soda Bread


(Makes Two Loaves)

  • Rapeseed oil, for greasing
  • 5 ¾ cups (800g) strong brown (wholewheat) bread flour
  • 1 ½ cups 200g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 handfuls (approx 1 ½ cips) of mixed seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and linseeds/flaxseed)
  • ⅔ cup (200g) molasses, treacle, I used golden syrup, which makes a paler bread, but still v delicious
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ½ cups (850ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (200ml) Guinness stout
  • ½ cup (50g) pinhead oats, for the topping


1. Preheat the oven to 130°C/265°F/ Gas Mark 3⁄4. Grease two 23 × 13 × 7-cm loaf pans.

2. Stir all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the treacle, eggs and buttermilk and combine, then add enough stout until you achieve a wet dough.

3. Pour the dough into the two prepared loaf pans, sprinkle the oats on top and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hr 30 minutes to 1 hr 45 minutes, until the loaves sound hollow when the bottoms are tapped.