How to make Irish stew with quick soda bread for St Patrick's Day

Ingredients for Guinness stew

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g streaky smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1.5kg cubed beef shin or short ribs, or lamb shank
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg of potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1kg of carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3 tbsp. plain flour
  • 600ml Guinness
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley and bay leaf)


Ingredients for soda bread

  • 450g wholemeal flour + extra for dusting
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 50g butter
  • 425ml homemade buttermilk (400ml whole milk, 50ml lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 2 tsp buttermilk
  • 2 tsp oats


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