The #Breadbakers are exploring #Irish Breads this month and we’d love you to bake along with us too! Soda bread varieties (including this one) lead the recipe list below in number and many of our bakers have branched out to try other types of Irish breads. I found this recipe for Apple, Guinness, Cheddar Soda Bread in the March/April issue of a magazine that is new to me: Bake, From Scratch. The photography is what caught my eye first– stunning food photos on page after page– and then once I dug into the recipes I found that this magazine is packed full of many breads, cakes and goodies that I’ll bake in the coming months. It would be hard to find a page that I didn’t mentally check off with the thought of “Yup, I’d like that one too!”. Go buy this magazine and you’ll understand what I’m saying!
You’ll note that I didn’t have Guinness at home when I baked this soda bread but the dark lager I used was full bodied and flavorful. Go the traditional St. Patrick’s day route with Guinness for your celebration on the 17th or bake with any dark beer and you’ll enjoy the results. A sharp, Irish cheddar cheese, beautiful Irish butter, a slight tang from green apples– what’s not to like? This bread is leavened with baking soda (hence the name “soda bread”). The dough is rather sticky so treat it with flour-covered hands and be gentle. Only knead it a few times then place it in loaf pan as the original recipe recommends or in a cast-iron pan as I did. I love the crust that the cast iron pan helps create.
This recipe is found on page 98 of the March/April 2017 issue of the magazine Bake From Scratch. The instructions include some of my own description of the process explained in the original recipe, although I followed the original recipe quite closely.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/4 cups finely chopped Granny Smith apple
- 4 cups plus 1 teaspoon all purpose flour, divided
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup dark beer (Guinness or a dark lager)
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup whole buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons old-fashioned oats (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Set out your 8-10 inch cast iron pan
- Prepare the apple filing: combine 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and vinegar. Peel and chop that green apple into small pieces. Soak the apple in the sugar and vinegar mixture for about 5 minutes. Stir ever minute or so to evenly distribute the liquid into the apples.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: 4 cups of flour, baking soda, salt and remaining brown sugar. Fold in the grated cheese and the apple mixture. This is a strong batter and I found that a wooden spoon or spatula worked better than a stand-mixer. Add in the beer and the melted and cooled butter. Sprinkle the buttermilk over the dough and fold in until the dry ingredients are just barely still visible. Scoop the dough onto a large piece of parchment and knead a few times before gently placing it in your cast iron pan.
- Cut an X into the top of the dough then sprinkle with oats (optional) and the remaining flour.
- Bake until a nice golden crust forms on the bread. In my 8 inch cast iron pan I had to bake the bread for a full hour before a toothpick came out cleanly. Let cool before slicing.
- Apple, Beer, and Cheddar Soda Bread by A Baker’s House
- Blaa by Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Caraway Rye Soda Bread by A Salad For All Seasons
- Carrot and Dillisk Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Cheddar and Herbs Soda Bread by Ambrosia
- Currant Drop Scones by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Egg Free Irish Raisin Tea SconesbyGayathri’s Cook Spot
- Four leaf Clover Rolls by Cook’s Hideout
- Guinness Bread Rolls by The Bread She Bakes
- Guinness Buckwheat Bread by Baking Sense
- Irish Amber Ale Pretzels by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Irish Barmbrack by The Schizo Chef
- Irish Freckle Bread by Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Irish Freckle Bread by Passion Kneaded
- Irish Multigrain Bread by What Smells So Good?
- Irish Soda Bread by Herbivore Cucina
- Irish Soda Bread by Sneha’s Recipe
- Irish Soda Bread Scones by Spill the Spices
- Irish Soda Buttermilk Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds
- Oat and Potato Bread by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Potato Clover Leaf Rolls by Spiceroots
- Soda Bread FarlsbyFood Lust People Love
- Soft Wheat Irish Soda Scones with Raisins (Spotted Dog) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Super Easy Potato Roll Recipe by Hostess At Heart
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to email@example.com. Sincere thanks goes to Wendy of A Day in the Life of a Farm for hosting this month!