St Patrick’s Day Stout, Apple and Cheddar Soda Bread

St Paddy's Stout Soda BreadThis is a recipe I came across watching River Cottage Every Day’s ‘Bread’ episode with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The recipe was not one of Hugh’s own but of a baker in Plymouth who used to work with an Irish chef who liked nothing better than to travel back to Dublin, get a fresh soda bread, a pint of Guinness, an apple and some cheese, and he’d be set for the day. So, the baker on the episode thought, why not combine the four into one.

Soda bread has to be one of the easiest types of bread to make and because it Continue reading

Spiced Ale Apple Slice

AppleSliceI’ve been thinking for a while about a recipe that would use some of my last two bottles of 2 Brothers Magic Pudding. Not that I particularly wanted to get rid of them but they have been sitting in the cellar for a while: as the beer’s aged the flavour has become drier and the spices have become even more prominent which has had me eager to harness its power.

Enter the classic yet humble apple slice. Continue reading