A couple of years ago we went to Ireland and made the obligatory trek to the Guinness Storehouse. Figuring we’d need a little sustenance before
imbiging sampling, we decided to have lunch at their restaurant (well, that and we had two teenage boys with us – ’nuff said).
As we sat ogling the panoramic view of Dublin (and trying to decide if a full pint was a wee bit much at lunch!!) the waiter brought us a basket of brown bread to tide us over until our entrees arrived (and probably to help soak up some of those pints we’d decided on!) . But not just any brown bread – it was the best brown bread of the entire trip – and maybe in my whole life.
So there was no question I had to get the recipe – but despite my efforts it was a no – go. The waiter had no idea how the bread was made and the pastry chef in charge of making the bread was off. The recipe book in the gift shop had lots of great Guinness recipes – but no brown bread.
Once home I searched the web- no luck. Although I have a pretty darn good Brown Bread recipe, it isn’t the same as the one I’d had at Guinness.
So, I figured it was just “one of those things” and as they say, “life moves on”. Recently though I was surfing the web and came across the Guinness website and clicked on their recipe section – you know, just in case that brown bread recipe was there.
And it was. Have I mentioned how much I really love the internet?
Needless to say, I ran right out and got some Guinness and set to work on the bread. Time hadn’t dulled my affection for this loaf – it was as good as I remembered- and it’s the perfect thing to go with soups, stews and winter salads – or as a little snack, toasted and spread with some good Kerrygold butter and a bit of Dubliner cheese.
Oh, and it’s a “quick bread” – which totally works for me since as you know, I sort of have a problem remembering to make bread.