Easy Guinness Bread

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.

Guinness Beer Bread - Easy to make with no rising time. | platingsandpairings.com

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.

Sliced guinness bread spread with butter.

This year, to branch out a bit, I’m throwing some new Irish-inspired dishes into the mix. First new creation? I decided to whip up some Guinness Bread.

Guinness Beer 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.

Side view of sliced guinness bread spread with butter.

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

Overhead shot of guinness bread next to bottle of beer and pats of butter.

Guinness Bread

This Guinness Beer Bread is easy to make and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. The Irish stout helps the bread to rise without using yeast, and there's no waiting before baking time. It also lends a nutty flavor to this lightly sweet bread.
4.14 from 37 votes
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Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
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Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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! 

44 thoughts on “Easy Guinness Bread”

    • Hi Lena – You could definitely reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer. I say go for it! I’d love to hear back on how the adjustment turned out for you.

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  1. I’ve made this bread five times using different beers including cherry and chocolate stouts, a black porter and an IPA. Each time it’s turned out perfectly with its own unique flavor, reliable texture and great reception. Even though the bread never lasts long (we eat it WAY to fast), it takes on stronger, even more delicious flavor after it’s been stored for a day or two. Warm out of the oven first thing in the morning, my husband enjoys a big end hunk with a tablespoon (or three) of melted butter poured over the top. Finally, it’s okay to have beer for breakfast!

    Due to the quirkiness of my oven, mine bakes for 52 minutes. A consistent winner, this has become my “go to” beer bread recipe. For anyone who hasn’t yet tried it, take the 10 minutes and do it now.

    Thanks so much for this gem!

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  2. 5 stars
    So good!! I’m baking some for my son’s school presentation on Ireland at his request. He thought serving beer bread would be so cool. He’s kind of hoping his classmates don’t know the alcohol bakes out. Shhhh….

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  3. 4 stars
    Tried this tonight as it fulfills two items I try to consume to increase my breast milk supply – stout and oats! Unfortunately the bitterness of the stout really hits you at the end. We will try honey & butter. Surely that can save anything!

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  4. 4 stars
    hey! great recipe! There is a typo in the instructions that I thought I should alert you to.
    In step 3 it says “In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, oats, brown sugar and oats.”
    I’m assuming one of those “oats” should be salt

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  5. 5 stars
    This has become a family and friend favorite! I use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour for extra heartiness. Because of the whole wheat, I bake it for 10 minutes longer. Delicious!

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  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been doing some pandemic baking and, although I DO have yeast, was in the mood for a quick bread and this really fit the bill. It was super easy and fast to put together and the end result is fantastic. Very delicious.

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