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Quick and simple to make, this wholesome, high fibre, freshly baked soda bread tastes terrific. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day I have added a little drop of the black stuff.
This gorgeous loaf loves a smear of butter, or serve with a lovely artisan cheese such as Crozier blue, Young buck blue, Cashel blue or Montgomery cheddar etc. It is also great served with soups, stews and scrumptious salads.

Makes 1 large loaf

Guinness & Pistachio Brown Bread

  • 290 grams wholemeal spelt flour
  • 90 grams white spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon bread soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 60 grams jumbo oat flakes
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 120 grams pistachio nuts
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses or honey
  • 200 ml Guinness
  • 100 ml milk or soya milk or goat’s milk or rice milk
  • Vegetarian
  • Low GI
  • Dairy Free: Use Soya/Rice or Goats Milk
  • Diabetic Friendly
  • Vegan: Use Soya/Rice or Nut milk
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 170 C
  2. Sieve all dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in centre. Whisk the milk, oil, Guinness and molasses together in a separate bowl, add to flour and mix well. (Dough mixture will be pretty wet).
  3. Pour into lightly oiled 2lb loaf tin and bake for about 40 – 50 minutes or until done.
  4. Cool on wire rack


  • This bread is really simple to make: Why not double this recipe and freeze 1 loaf.
  • If Pistachio-nuts are not available use walnuts, brazil nuts, pecans or hazelnuts.
  • Honey can be use instead of molasses but you will loose the lovely malty flavour the molasses gives to this bread plus the power house of nutrients that molasses offers.