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Irish Oaten Rolls Without Stout

Asked by stickybun. Answered on 15th February 2018

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What would you recommend as a non-alcoholic alternative to stout in the Irish Oaten Rolls recipe please?

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Irish Oaten Rolls
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Our answer

Nigella's Irish Oaten Rolls (from KITCHEN) are soda bread rolls that are made with stout. The stout gives the rolls some extra flavour. As soda bread is usually made with buttermilk, we would suggest substituting the stout with extra (300ml/1 1/4 cups) buttermilk, or you could use milk soured with 4 teasoons of fresh lemon juice. The acidity of the buttermilk plus the bicarbonate of soda should be enough to help the rolls to rise, so we don't think that any extra leavening is needed.

Once the buttermilk has been added the mixture should have a sandy consistency and be slightly runny, rather than a ball of a dough. If it looks too dry then you can add a tablespoon extra of milk. As the bicarbonate of soda starts to fizz the mixture should start to come together into a loose dough and can then be formed into rolls or a larger loaf. But please note that as we have not tested the recipe in this form we are unable to guarantee the results.

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