Guinness Bread is easy to make and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (or when you have leftover Guinness). The Irish stout helps the bread rise without yeast so there’s no waiting before baking. It also lends a nutty flavor to this lightly sweet bread.
In my entire life, I can honestly say that I went out on the town on St. Patrick’s day once. Which means green beer, bagpipers in kilts, and for some reason – tricycle races. Plus, let’s not forget the really mediocre corned beef and cabbage.
My idea of celebrating is staying at home, drinking non-green, yet tasty Irish beer, and cooking up all of my favorite Irish dishes.
First thing’s first. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage. And I have the most amazing recipe that was given to me by my friend Jim – It cooks in the slow cooker all day, and then it’s topped with a mustard honey glaze, and popped under the broiler so that it gets those perfectly crispy edges – I won’t cook it any other way! Except maybe in the Instant Pot, and you can grab that recipe here.
This year, to branch out a bit, I’m throwing some new Irish-inspired dishes into the mix. First new creation? These Irish Stout Mason Jar Beef Pot Pies. The most tender chunks of beef simmered in a gravy of Irish stout, and then topped with flaky puff pastry. The corned beef may have a run for its money with these guys.
To carry that Irish stout idea even further, I decided to whip up some Guinness Bread. This bread is so good! And it’s so easy to make too. There’s no yeast involved, which means no time waiting for your bread to rise. The beer helps the bread rise while it bakes, making it extra light and fluffy. And, the brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness while the oats lend a perfect heartiness.
This Guinness Bread is a slicing bread, and it would be perfect for making an awesome sandwich – Think toasted bread, corned beef, melted with a bit of sharp Irish cheddar and finished with an amazing mustard. Sandwich heaven.
Do you have any favorite Irish traditions or Irish dishes that you love to make? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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Guinness Bread Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats + 1 Tablespoon for topping
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces Guinness
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup oats, brown sugar and salt.
- Slowly add the Guinness and mix until just combined.
- Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour the batter in. Sprinkle the top with an additional tablespoon of oats.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
This recipe was originally published in February 2016. It was updated in March 2019 to update the content and photographs. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!
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