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This Irish Guinness Brown Bread is a quick bread that just needs to be stirred together and baked!  Perfect for breakfast or serving alongside stew!

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Irish Guinness Brown Bread | Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Irish Recipes | Quick Bread Recipes | Beer Bread

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Who are your cooking heroes? As a self taught cook, I learned how to cook from lots of people, from my mom, friends and family, and of course from some of the more famous cooks that influenced so many of us.  Martha Stewart, Alton Brown and Ina Garten are a few of the heavier influences on my cooking style, and their recipes are often the ones I turn to when I want to learn something new.  That was why I was so excited to get my hands on Ina Garten’s latest cookbook “Cooking for Jeffrey”.

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After flipping through the cookbook, I had a few recipes I wanted to try right away.  I was especially excited about the Irish Guinness Brown Bread, with St. Patrick’s Day coming up!  This recipe is so quick and easy.  It doesn’t produce a traditional soda bread, but the texture is that of a quick bread – soft and moist.  It would be perfect for breakfast or for serving along side some Irish Beef Stew (recipe coming soon!).

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Irish Guinness Brown Bread

4.43 from 7 votes
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
This Irish Guinness Brown Bread contains no yeast and just needs to be stirred together and baked!  Perfect for breakfast or serving alongside stew!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats not instant, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 11-12 ounces Guinness beer 1 bottle,  room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus more for the pan
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and butter a 9 x 5 bread pan, set aside.
  • In one bowl, add the oats, whole wheat and all-purpose flours, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In another bowl, add the beer, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla.  Whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until fully mixed.  Batter will be wet.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan, sprinkle more oats on top.  Place in oven and then turn oven temperature down to 400°F. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove bread from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack completely before slicing. 

Notes

Adapted from Ina Garten's "Cooking for Jeffrey"

Nutrition

Calories: 2522kcal | Carbohydrates: 403g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 177mg | Sodium: 7416mg | Potassium: 2141mg | Fiber: 37g | Sugar: 121g | Vitamin A: 2145IU | Calcium: 687mg | Iron: 16mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods/Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Sides
Cuisine: Irish
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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36 Comments

  1. The bread is NOT anywhere near traditional Irish soda bread so aside from the Guinness, the name should be changed. It’s a cross between cake and pumpkin bread, fairly crumbly, and I did not like it with my Irish stew at all. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

  2. This was THE best brown bread I have ever made !!! Went out and bought a case of Guinness just so I can make this bread all of the time ! It’s is truly the closest brown bread I have ever made since having brown bread in Ireland- thank you so much for this recipe ☘️

  3. Finally a recipe for St Patrick’s that doesn’t look to difficult to make. my family almost always has corned beef, although I did make Guinness strew once. This bread would be good with both or just for breakfast too.

  4. 5 stars
    Easy to make and so good. The oats made for a good chewy bite to the bread. I would reduce the salt though, as it turned out too salty.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! For the saltiness, did you use unsalted butter and kosher salt? If you ended up using regular salt instead of kosher it would definitely be too salty, and same for salted butter.

    1. Hi Pat – beer is one of the main ingredients, so I don’t know how easy it would be to substitute something. If you give it a try, let me know!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the way you showed your bread, etc…makes me want to get rolling on it NOW! This sounds SO delicious and I think I need a trial run before St. Patrick’s Day!

  6. 5 stars
    Ina Garten is the best and I can envision myself dipping this into soup so easily, my stomach is growling. I don’t really have anything special to eat on St. Patrick’s Day-it always sneaks up on me. So usually I just pop open a dark beer. I love that plate by the way!

  7. Growing up, we got one food channel and there was always and Ina Garten show on it. Like the simplicity of her recipes. This is so perfect now especially in soup weather.