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

Breakfasting with Beer: Potato Cakes

PotatoCakeswGuinnessThe celebratory breakfast beer ideas continue with an Irish theme. Naturally I just couldn’t go past potatoes. [Insert racial slur of the fiddle-dee-dee variety here]. The potato cakes will be served with sour cream and sides of roasted tomatoes and soda bread. No prizes for guessing the brand of beer we’re pairing this with.

Guinness Extra Stout is a slightly stronger, more bitter version of the original. Roasted malt flourishes in the aroma with some welcoming hints of coffee. To taste it’s all about the bitter roastiness of the malt which quickly Continue reading