Fallow Restaurant London

Guinness Bread

This Guinness Bread is a soda bread that doesn’t need any yeast. The rise of the bread is just down to the baking soda and buttermilk.

Irish soda Guinness bread topped with smoked salmon and cucumber. All on a white plate on a wooden surface.

Guinness Bread

  • Author: Fallow
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


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Guinness Bread

  • 250g plain white flour
  • 250g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 200ml guinness
  • 3tbsp Muscavado
  • 1tbsp treacle
  • A handful rolled oats



  1. Mix together muscavado, treacle, Guinness and buttermilk and leave to dissolve.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°c.
  3. Line the tin with baking paper, oil and throw in the rolled oats to shake around and tip out, keeping the excess for the top of the loaf.
  4. Place the dry ingredients in a large a bowl, make a well in the centre and stir in the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Use a spatula to ensure all the flour is well incorporated then tip into the loaf tine, pressing into the corners.
  6. Level the top, sprinkle on the oats and make a long cut down the middle.
  7. Into the oven for about an hour (check after 45 mins) until a skewer comes out clean and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the underside.


  • 8″ x 4” (20cm x 10cm) loaf tin

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