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Masterchef 2019 champion Irini Tzortzoglou shares her quick soda, Guinness and walnut bread recipe

Bake like a master (chef) this St Patrick’s Day

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 16.03.2021

SODA, GUINNESS AND WALNUT BREAD

Irini’s tips:

‘I love the maltiness that the Guinness gives here,’ says Irini. ‘Its light bitterness balanced by the honey.

‘I used a strong flavoured honey too, like oak or pine, but you could use any good quality, real honey.

‘I also used a Shipton Mill organic Irish soda bread flour, but you could substitute with 200g strong white flour and 50g oatmeal.’

What you’ll need:  

  • 250g organic Irish soda bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g walnuts, chopped into small pieces
  • 175g Greek yogurt
  • 50ml milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 25ml reduced Guinness (the result of 50ml Guinness gently boiled until reduced)

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 220 0 C.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, mix the Greek yoghurt, milk, honey and reduced Guinness and give it all a good stir.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and work gently to create a soft dough.
  • Shape it in a ball and place it on a lined baking tray. Cut an incision in the shape of a cross and bake for 25 minutes. 

Enjoy with a warm bowl of soup! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Fancy a few more of Irini’s recipes? Check out her website, Facebook and Instagram

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