Traditional wheaten bread


  • Vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 200g (7oz)  plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 550g (1lb 2oz) wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 284ml (½ pint) stout
  • 220ml / 8fl oz buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 230C / 450F/ Gas 8 and lightly grease a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with vegetable oil.
  • Add the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a large bowl. Stir through the wholemeal flour and sugar.
  • Pour in the stout and buttermilk. Mix well to form a wet dough.
  • Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the mixture gently until it forms a fat sausage roughly the size of the tin.
  • Place the dough into the greased loaf tin and, with wet hands, pat down lightly and smooth the top into the edges. Set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Bake for another 25 minutes, or until the top is golden and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Cool in the tin for five minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let the loaf cool before slicing.

Fred Strickland

Food Tours NI