Brown Bread

Brown bread – is there anything more comforting?  Homemade brown bread, fresh out of the oven (but allowed to cool – very important!!) spread with lashings of butter – the crunchy crust, the soft textured inside oh me nerves! We had a conversation yesterday around the dinner table (of course the conversation rarely is about anything else but food) about our death row meals, as in the last meal you would have before you died.  We all came to the conclusion that my Mams brown bread would feature perhaps in the starter, like homemade soup with Mams bread and butter, or smoked salmon on mams brown bread with lemon and pepper, or simply a fresh poached egg on Mam’s brown bread toasted, you get the drift… her bread really is legendary though, friends always remark about it and if you’re really lucky she will sometimes send you away with a loaf.  I love nothing better than coming into the house and being hit by the smell of freshly baked brown bread mmm I’m actually starting to drool as I type – not a good thing, don’t want to break my keyboard.

Sorry that last paragraph as I read it is actually a giant tease because after all my harping on about Mams bread I’m actually not going to share the recipe here!! Sorry but it is top secret I can’t go sharing Mam’s recipe with the world she’d kill me.  Nor will I ever try to live up to her legend and make her bread; because I know the result would be nice but not as good as Mam’s and my ego can’t handle that!  What I have done is make another version of it, well actually a distant cousin but with Guinness.  See the boyfriend and I got tickets to the Guinness storehouse at the weekend where we went and experienced how Guinness was made. The tour and building is actually pretty impressive the building is a mix of the old and new with all the structural details on the outside.  At the end of the tour you get to go to the sky lounge and enjoy a pint of the black stuff, I’m not a Guinness drinker but it was truly delicious. Ken a seasoned Guinness drinker, some would call him a pro – agreed that it was top notch and that really is something!!  There is a section of the tour where you see all the combos of Guinness and food, Guinness mussels, Guinness chocolate truffles etc. and I took a hand out for Guinness bread so here is the recipe.  I have modified it slightly as I’m not a fan of very sweet bread and this recipe advises 200 ml of treacle and 2 and a half tablespoons of brown sugar also it takes much longer than 40mins to cook.

I want to say a quick word about my food pics – I know they are quite amateur and I am still learning, I actually don’t even have a camera all my pics are taken on my iPhone and jazzed up with an app, so please bear with me on the photos!


Guinness Bread

Makes one large loaf

600g wholemeal flour
150g self-raising flour
75g oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bread soda
1tpsp brown sugar
2 tbsp. treacle
40g butter
480ml milk
½ pint draught Guinness

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it becomes the consistency of breadcrumbs
Add the milk, treacle and Guinness and mix until it becomes a wet dough, add to a pre greased loaf tin and bake for 1 hour at 170 degrees (150 fan oven).
Allow to cool, cut and spread generously with butter, place into mouth, enjoy

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