- vegetable oil, for greasing
- 200g/7oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 550g/1lb 4oz wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 300ml/½ pint stout
- 220ml/8fl oz buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas 8 and grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin with vegetable oil.
Add the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a large bowl. Stir through the wholemeal flour and sugar.
Pour in the stout and buttermilk. Mix well to form a wet dough.
Tip the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface.
Roll and fold the mixture gently until it forms a fat sausage, roughly
the size of the tin.
Place the dough into the greased loaf tin and, with
wet hands, pat down and smooth the top into the edges. Set aside for 10
minutes to rest.
Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven
temperature to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Bake for another 25 minutes, or until
the top is golden and the base sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool in the tin for five minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let the loaf cool before slicing.
Source: Paul Hollywood