Delicious Irish Beer Bread Recipe for Any Occasion

Alright, hustle nation! Today, I have a recipe that will make you feel like you’ve struck gold. It’s an Irish Beer Bread recipe that will leave you begging for more. We’re talking about a quick and easy bread that is perfect for any occasion. From lazy Sunday mornings to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, this bread is guaranteed to impress.

Now, before we get into the details, let me share with you why this bread is so special. First of all, it has beer in it! Who doesn’t love beer? And when you mix it with the right ingredients, magic happens. The second reason is that it’s made with traditional Irish beer – Guinness. This gives the bread a unique flavor and texture that you won’t find in any other bread recipe.

But what really sets this bread apart is how easy it is to make. It’s a one-bowl recipe that requires no kneading or rising time. Just mix a few ingredients together and bake! There’s no fuss, no waiting around for hours, just deliciousness right out of the oven.

So let’s get started on making the easiest yet tastiest Irish Beer Bread you’ll ever try. Trust me; your family and friends will be impressed by your culinary skills once they taste this loaf of goodness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Beer Bread
Irish Beer Bread

Are you a fan of quick, easy and delicious bread recipes? If so, then you’ll love this Irish Beer Bread recipe. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can attest to the fact that this recipe will not disappoint.

First of all, this recipe calls for the use of Irish Guinness beer which gives the bread a distinctive malty flavor and aroma. This classic beer is the perfect ingredient for adding depth and richness to the bread.

Moreover, the preparation is surprisingly simple, with just a few basic ingredients required. You don’t need to be an advanced baker to make this delicious bread. The bread comes together quickly and is baked in just under an hour.

This recipe is also perfect for those who are looking to switch up their traditional brown bread recipe. The Irish Guinness Brown Bread made from this recipe takes classic brown bread to another level with its rich, malty flavor and soft texture.

Above all, the satisfaction of baking your very own homemade bread is unparalleled. Nothing beats the warm smell of freshly baked bread filling your kitchen.

Overall, this easy Irish Beer Bread recipe promises all the satisfaction of homemade bread without any of the fuss. So why not try making it yourself? You’ll be sure to impress your family and friends alike with your culinary prowess.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make a flavorful loaf of Irish beer bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 12 ounces Irish beer (such as Guinness)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 egg

Note: Feel free to use any brand of dark beer, but we highly recommend using Irish beer for the authentic flavor. Unsalted butter makes the perfect addition as it adds richness and balances out the bitterness of the beer.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect accompaniment to a pint of Guinness.
The perfect accompaniment to a pint of Guinness.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s start making our Irish Beer Bread. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a savory and delicious loaf of bread that will impress your family and friends.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees to prepare for baking.

Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of baking powder. Mix together thoroughly.

Step 3: Add Brown Sugar and Guinness Beer

Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar to the dry ingredients and whisk well. Then pour one bottle or can (12 ounces) of Guinness beer to the mixture. Stir until well combined!

Step 4: Melt Butter

In a separate bowl or glass, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds or until fully melted.

Step 5: Add melted Butter to the Mixture

Pour the melted butter into the large bowl with other ingredients and stir again until the mixture has become a batter.

Step 6: Transfer to Loaf Pan

Transfer the batter into a greased loaf pan; preferably an eight and a half-inch by four-inch pan.

Step 7: Bake Your Irish Beer Bread

Place your loaf pan in the preheated oven, allowing it to bake for 50-60 minutes. To avoid burning at the top, put a foil or parchment paper halfway through baking.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Savory Irish Beer Bread

At minutes 50-60, take your Irish Beer Bread out from the oven, let it cool in room temperature before slicing into it. Serve it plain or buttered with some great friends and a glass of beer which could go well with it.

With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can make delicious Irish Beer Bread that will rival anything made by a professional baker. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Fresh out of the oven smelling heavenly!
Fresh out of the oven smelling heavenly!

If you’re looking for some variations on this traditional Irish beer bread recipe, you’re in luck because there are endless possibilities to play with when it comes to beer bread.

For starters, you can switch up the type of beer you use. While we recommend using a classic Irish Guinness for that authentic flavor, you could try using a different type of beer altogether. A light lager or an amber ale might change the flavor profile, but it could provide a refreshing twist on this classic recipe.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add some texture and crunchiness to your bread, consider mixing in some shredded cheddar cheese, chopped nuts, or even some dried fruit like cranberries or raisins. These additions will not only add a new layer of taste and texture but will elevate your bread to something truly special.

Additionally, you can tweak the flours used in the recipe. Instead of using all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour as suggested, try using a gluten-free flour blend if you have dietary restrictions or want to switch things up.

Finally, if you want to make this recipe all your own, consider adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it a sweet and spicy kick. Or throw in some herbs like rosemary or thyme for a savory twist.

Substitutions and variations are an excellent way to keep things interesting in the kitchen while still enjoying delicious homemade bread. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for your taste preferences!

Serving and Pairing

 A bread that packs a punch of flavor.
A bread that packs a punch of flavor.

Once you have baked your delicious Irish beer bread, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. The crusty exterior and soft, fluffy interior of the bread make it great on its own or paired with many other dishes.

To enjoy this easy Irish beer bread at its best, I recommend serving it warm. Let the loaf rest for about 10 minutes after coming out of the oven before slicing it up. Add a dollop of good quality butter or spread some honey on top of each slice.

If you’re planning on serving the bread as part of a meal, it pairs well with hearty soups, stews or chilis. It’s also a perfect side dish for a St. Patrick’s Day feast or any other Irish-themed event.

For those who want to go a step further, I recommend making some beer cheese dip or spread to go along with your Irish beer bread. Simply melt some shredded cheddar cheese into your favorite beer and serve the mixture alongside the bread – irresistible!

Overall, this Irish beer bread is an incredibly versatile dish that can be served in many ways. Whether you choose to snack on it or have it as part of a meal, you’ll be delighted by its flavor and texture.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to taste the luck of the Irish!
Get ready to taste the luck of the Irish!

This Irish beer bread is a perfect make-ahead recipe, as it tastes even better the following day. Just make sure to let it cool down completely before storing it in an airtight container or a bread box at room temperature. The bread will stay fresh for up to three days, but trust me, it’s unlikely to last that long.

When reheating the bread, I recommend warming it up in the oven instead of the microwave, as microwaving can make the bread soggy. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Place it on the middle rack for about 10-15 minutes until warmed through. This will get you back that crusty exterior you love.

If you want to freeze the bread for longer shelf life, wait until it has cooled completely before wrapping it securely in plastic wrap and then placing it into a freezer bag or an airtight container. The bread will last in the freezer for up to three months.

To thaw frozen Irish beer bread, remove it from the freezer bag or container and let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Once thawed, heat it up following the reheating instructions above.

This recipe is so versatile that you can even use stale leftovers as breadcrumbs. Just tear them into small pieces, pulse them in a food processor until crumbled, then bake them in the oven at 300°F until they’re golden brown and crispy. The breadcrumbs can be used right away or packed into an airtight container and kept for future use.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Let the aroma of fresh bread fill your kitchen.
Let the aroma of fresh bread fill your kitchen.

If you’re like me, you want your Irish Beer Bread to come out perfectly every time. Lucky for you, I’ve got some tips to help you achieve just that!

Firstly, be sure to use room temperature ingredients. Your eggs, butter and beer should all be at room temperature before you begin. This helps the ingredients incorporate properly and will give your bread a more even texture.

Next, don’t overmix your batter! It may be tempting to make sure everything is perfectly combined but overmixing can cause the bread to become tough and dry. Mix just until everything is evenly incorporated.

When measuring out your flour, make sure to fluff it up with a fork before scooping it into your measuring cup. This helps prevent compacted flour which can make your bread dense.

To add some extra flavor, consider adding in some herbs or spices! Rosemary and thyme are great additions that complement the flavors of the beer and whole wheat flour.

Lastly, once your bread is fully baked, let it cool completely in the loaf pan before slicing. This ensures that the bread sets properly and will prevent any crumbling when slicing.

Follow these tips and your Irish Beer Bread will come out perfect every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Beer Bread Recipe is an easy and tasty way to bring the flavors of Ireland to your dinner table. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a delicious loaf of bread that perfectly pairs with your favorite Irish meal or beer. The combination of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, eggs, and of course Guinness beer creates a unique taste that is both savory and sweet.

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just in the mood for a hearty homemade bread, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Not only is it easy to make, but it also allows for substitutions and variations so you can customize it to your liking. Plus, with its long shelf-life and quick reheating time, this bread is perfect for meal prep or on-the-go snacking.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add some Irish flavor to your table, then give this Irish Beer Bread Recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Irish Beer Bread

Irish Beer Bread Recipe

From Beatrice Ojakangas’ book, Great Holiday Baking Book. This is a quick bread that’s great for snaking or for serving with a meal. The bread is delicious served warm from the oven or served at room temperature. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is named after St. Patrick, the British-born monk who is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity and is said to have used the green shamrock (which means “little clover” in Gaelic) as a visual aid to illustrate the doctrine of the trinity, three holy entities in one. As a result, the shamrock and the color green have become symbols of St. Patrick’s Day.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, European, From Scratch, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 Loaves
Calories 1387kcal


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups beer (one 12-ounce bottle)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Prepare two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans by lightly greasing.
  • In large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until completely blended inches Mix in the egg and beer all at once until a stiff dough is formed. If mixing by hand, turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Shape each into a round loaf; place each loaf into a prepared pan. Press down to flatten until each is about 7 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, slash a deep cross in the top of each loaf, making the cuts ½ inch deep and about 5 inches long.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean and dry.


Serving: 1036g | Calories: 1387kcal | Carbohydrates: 190.5g | Protein: 33.2g | Fat: 52.6g | Saturated Fat: 30.6g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 2257.3mg | Fiber: 16.2g | Sugar: 1g

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