Nana's " For what ails you" Guinness Brown Bread

karyn ryan


This is another recipe from my Nana Kathleens note book. In the 1930's 40,s and even the 50's . Guinness Stout as well as a drink was used as a medicine!!! It was very strong in iron .Truly it was put into everything, doctors recommended it to pregnant and nursing mothers to increase their iron intake. If you were run down you took it as a tonic. It was put into bread, cakes, everything.My nana like to make brown bread with it. She made it every week well into her eighties. If I was unwell when ever I visited her she would say have a slice of bread "for what ails you"..I still love making it


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  • 6 c
    wholemeal flour
  • 1 1/4 c
    plain flour
  • 3/4 c
    oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1/2 stick
  • 1 pt
  • 1 tsp
  • 200 ml
    black treacle
  • 1/2 pt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    bread soda

How to Make Nana's " For what ails you" Guinness Brown Bread


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170c
    In a bowl, mix butter with all the dry ingredients until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix the treacle, milk and the guinness into mix until you have a wet dough
  3. Bake in a greased loaf tin for 40-45 mins until risen and it is a dark colour on top Check with a skewer if it comes up clean its done!!

    Enjoy slathered in butter with a cuppa!!

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About Nana's " For what ails you" Guinness Brown Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: Irish
Hashtags: #family, #Guinness, #NANA, #bread

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