This sweet and savory Soda Bread is made with apples, brown sugar, Guinness b33eer, buttermilk, oatmeal, and cheddar cheese. Perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day party or a simple breakfast at home. Serve warm, with butter and honey, but this bread is also wonderful served with a bowl of stew or hearty soup or as a sandwich bread.
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons of firmly packed, light brown sugar, divided
1 ½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 ¾ cups of finely chopped, Granny Smith apple
4 cups plus 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour, divided
2 ¼ teaspoons of baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
1 ½ cups of finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of Guinness beer
1/3 cup of unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup of buttermilk
2 teaspoons of old-fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spray a 5×10 inch loaf pan with baking spray and with flour, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, place apples, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, mix until combined and let rest for five minutes. In a large bowl, whisk 4 cups of flour, baking soda, salt and ½ cup of remaining brown sugar.
Add apple and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until well mixed.
Add beer, melted butter and buttermilk, and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
Knead 3 to 4 times, just until dough comes together. Form the dough into a log and place into a prepared loaf pan; with a sharp knife cut a shallow line in the middle of the bread and sprinkle with oats and 1 teaspoon of remaining flour.
Place bread in the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and a wooden stick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
This Recipe will make one 5×10 – inch loaf.
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Bake time: 55 to 60 minutes.
Inspired by a recipe found in” Bake from Scratch “ magazine from March/April 2017.
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