Guinness Draught beer is an Irish dry stout. It is described as “Mahogany brown with creamy white head; coffee, toasted malt and hops aromas; medium to full body, creamy smooth flavour and nice touch of bitterness to finish.” My beer bread has tended to be based on India Pale Ales. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to develop a bread around a stout. If you love the taste of stout, you can make my Beer Bread recipe. I wanted something with a bit more body to live up to the beer’s strong flavour so I decided to add oats. The brown sugar gives some sweetness while the butter softens up the crumb.
Beer like bread share common ingredients: water, yeast and grain. This recipe is a lean bread with a pre-ferment of the yeast with some flour and water to give the yeast time to break down the flour. Most of the taste is derived though from the beer. The recipe is designed to use a standard 12 ounce bottle of beer. The beer should be room temperature to not slow down the yeast.
Soda breads are fun as start to eating is under an hour. You only need a bowl, spatula, sifter, measuring cup/spoons and a 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan. If you are new to making bread, this is a great recipe to start with.