Uncle Jim isn’t my Uncle Jim, he is actually Uncle Jim of the McGargle family brewers (www.ryeriverbrewingco.com). I had picked up one of their sampler packs recently and when we opened the bottle of Uncle Jim’s stout I thought it would be lovely in a loaf of bread, it smelled so good. I couldn’t describe it any better than McGargles so here is their description; A smooth, well rounded stout. The aroma gives off a subtle coffee and chocolate nose which balance perfectly. The flavour of chocolate carries into the taste and balances impeccably with the bitterness from the Herkules hops!
Sounds good doesn’t it?
250g Wholemeal Flour
200g Plain Flour
60g Chopped Walnuts
50g Pinhead Oatmeal
2 tsp Bread Soda
1 Bottle McGargles Uncle Jim’s Stout
1 tbsp. Honey
- Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan and prepare a 2lb loaf tin.
- In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.
- Melt the butter then mix the honey and stout into it.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir everything together well, ensuring all of the flour is mixed in.
- Transfer the mix to the loaf tin and bake for 45 -50 minutes, until the loaf has risen and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
- Cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoying.
The flavour from the stout is just delicious and paired with good Irish butter and Wexford Home Preserves Apple & Blackberry jam it is a delight on the palate. As we approach Christmas pudding time, I couldn’t imagine a better stout to pair with the fruits and spices of the festive season.
The lovely Catherine Leydon had a recipe for Guinness Brown Bread in the September issue of Easy Food Magazine, I have adapted her recipe, this is the result. McGargles beers are available nationwide.