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.