The BEST Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe

This Irish Brown Bread Recipe that is traditionally known as Guinness Bread is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A cake-like bread with a subtle sweetness. Happymoneysaver.com

St. Patrick’s day is coming and I am here to share this amazing Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe with you. Traditionally this bread is known as Guinness Bread. My sister recently traveled to Ireland and came back with this amazing bread recipe that is a staple in that country. She was in an  Irish pub eating some chowder when this bread was served to her. She fell in love. She had never had anything like it before. The lady looked at her like the foreigner that she was and said in her Irish way, “don’cha know darlin’, it’s  nofin but guineess bread…” Long story short, my sister walked out of that pub with recipe in hand.

Guinness is an Irish beer. Gasp! This recipe has beer in it!?– It sure does. I tried to come up with a non-alcoholic version, but because I don’t drink alcohol, I was having a hard time figuring out a good substitute while still keeping the good flavor. Oh well. If it ain’t broke…..

In my family we have changed the name of this bread to “Irish brown soda bread!”  The bread is crusty on the outside but the inside is very soft and dense and has a surprising sweetness to it. Traditionally, this bread is served alongside stews and chowders but it is also great with some butter and honey. YUM!

Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe

This Irish Brown Bread Recipe that is traditionally known as Guinness Bread is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A cake-like bread with a subtle sweetness. Happymoneysaver.com

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned oats
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (learn to make your own here)
2 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract (try my homemade vanilla here)
1 cup buttermilk
1 11.2 oz. bottle Guinness beer

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease loaf pans or bowl.  Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside. In another bowl mix the butter, vanilla, buttermilk and beer. Next take the beer mixture and pour it into the dry ingredients. Gently stir until you get a well blended batter. This will not look like a typical bread dough, but more of a batter. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with a handful of additional oats. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes.  Turn the oven off but keep the bread inside. Open the oven and let bread finish cooling on the rack inside for  another 30 minutes. Remove and let bread finish cooling. Serve with stews, chili’s, and chowders. Or serve on it’s own with a slather of butter and honey.

I think this would be so fun to make for St. Patrick’s day, don’t you? Enjoy!

This Irish Brown Bread Recipe that is traditionally known as Guinness Bread is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A cake-like bread with a subtle sweetness. Happymoneysaver.com

 

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This Irish Brown Bread Recipe that is traditionally known as Guinness Bread is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A cake-like bread with a subtle sweetness. Yum!
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Irish Brown Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 40 mins
 

The best Irish brown soda bread ever. 

Course: bread
Servings: 6
Calories: 430 kcal
Author: Karrie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 11.2 oz bottle Guinness beer
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf pans or bowl.
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.
  4. In another bowl mix the butter, vanilla, buttermilk and beer.
  5. Next take the beer mixture and pour it into the dry ingredients. Gently stir until you get a well blended batter. This will not look like a typical bread dough, but more of a batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with a handful of additional oats.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the oven off but keep the bread inside. Open the oven and let bread finish cooling on the rack inside for another 30 minutes. Remove and let bread finish cooling. Serve with stews, chili's, and chowders. Or serve on it's own with a slather of butter and honey.

If you give this Irish Brown Soda Bread recipe a try please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  And stay tuned for next week – where I will be making a few more Irish recipes.

Check out my other St. Patties recipes below.

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The BEST Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Ashleigh

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Andersen says:

    Yummy sounds delicius, dont worry about the alcohol it evaporates during the baking time and the baking heat. In Denmark we have used ale in our bread and cooking for several generations it gives a great taste to the bread.

    Try this for breakfast, as a desert or just when you feel like it 🙂

    Øllebrød:

    500g dark rye bread
    1 dark bear (33cl)
    50-75 g. dark brown sugar
    Water

    For topping: Whipped cream, vanilla ice og sour cream.

    Soak the bread in enough water to cover the bread leave it for ½-1 hour.
    Cook over the stove by low heat and stir in it until it is a ½ thick porridge.
    Ad the bear and the dark brown sugar, let it cook for about 10-15 minutes while stirring.

    Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice or sour cream after taste

    It tastes great and much better than it sounds and looks 😀

    Link is to pictures of it 🙂 http://www.arla.dk/opskrifter/Ollebrod/

    Hope you have a great weekend ♥
    you can freeze the porridge and heat it in a pan or microvawe.

  2. Charlotte Andersen says:

    P.s the recipe in the link has a lot of unnecessary ingredients so it is only to show the end result.

  3. Decided to try the Irish Brown Bread – but substituted about 11 oz of ginger ale for the beer since we’re a no alcohol family. It came out great! I fed it to my hungry hubby and two hungry young men we invited for dinner along with some potato/corn chowder and there’s only a small slice left. They really gobbled it up. It reminds me of a bread we bought at the grocery store when I was a kid many, many years ago… It was called Boston Brown Bread and came in a can. I think there were raisins in it too. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  4. What size bowl and how many pans ? Also, can you grease with just cooking spray?
    Thanks

  5. Trying this with your corned beef recipe tonight for dinner! Can’t wait

  6. Steven Douglas says:

    Trying this tonight with your Corned Beef as well. I’m curious how this bread freezes, if have frozen it before. I usually make a few extra loaves to freeze when I make bread and would like to do the same with this.

  7. Oh my….oh my…..and another oh my!!! Just made the Irish brown bread the night before St. Pats….didn’t want to fool with it in the oven with the corned beef today. I think it tasted a bit bland with just the butter…maybe because I was sampling it late at night and didn’t have anything else to eat it with. The honey added to it, though…wow….really, really yummy!!!! Makes me wonder if the breads that I typically purchase have some sort of sweetener cleverly added to them….hmmmm…

  8. This sounds nice, but do you know if it will turn out the same if you used a non-alcoholic beer? In my house we don’t use alcohol even if it will cook off (vanilla powder instead of extract and things like that). I love how the bread looks so I might try to find out what non-alcoholic beers are around here and what tastes close enough. It just looks too good to pass up. Does the alcohol do anything special to the bread, or just adds to the taste?

  9. Sounds fantastic! I’m trying this this year! I’ll do one Irish Soda Bead, and one of these! Thanks!, Nancy

  10. Hi
    Love the recipes. I will try the Irish Brown Bread for sure.
    Wanted to substitute peanuts for what do you think?

  11. My son made something similar to this with the Guiness before he died and I’ve been looking for a recipe to replicate it. Thank you so much, we are going to try it with this St. Pat’s dinner! Always makes me think of him and smile! Thanks again!


  12. Wow this looks so yummy, I lived a good chunk of my childhood in Ireland and love St. Patrick’s day with real Irish food not the green die in everything food! I can’t wait to try this bread! I love your blog!


  13. Made this bread for St. Patrick’s Day. It was so good with corned beef and cabbage. At first, I thought the baking time seemed too long, but it turned out perfect. Slightly sweet, dense, and moist. We ate it with a little honey and butter, but it would be great for breakfast with coffee too.

  14. I made this bread on St. Patrick’s Day along with a Guinness honey pork roast from another web site.
    The bread was really good 🙂 Thumbs up from all 3 of my kidos. “It’s a keeper”. One stated.

    Love your blog!

  15. Looks like a lovely reciepe – however Irish soda bread and Guinness bread are different things. Soda bread (made here in Ireland) does not have brown sugar or Guinness. My personal preference is Guinness bread, especially just out of the oven with a dollop of butter whereas Irish soda bread is a lighter, not as flavoursome bread! Lisa, Dublin


  16. Good recipe but it has to be made with Guinness for authenticity.
    For those of you who do not drink alcohol don’t worry about using Guinness as the baking process pretty well evaporates any alcohol to zero.

    Lisa is 100% correct – Guinness bread is NOT to be confused with Irish Soda Bread.
    They are substantially different breads.

    Also Karrie – It’s not St Pattie (female!) – He is St Patrick or St Paddy!


  17. I enjoyed this Irish Brown bread. Very moist and stands up to honey or butter spread. Will put this in my electronic recipe file.

  18. This is such a good recipe. Easy to put together and delicious. Tastes remarkably like the wonderful Guinness soda bread I had in Ireland last spring. Thank you so much for this recipe!


    • Exactly one year later on St. Patrick’s Day I found this wonderful recipe. I agree about it being the closest to what I enjoyed in Ireland.
      I am making another loaf today. Thank you so much!

  19. Nan Rich says:

    Good bread! Soft and not overly sweet by itself, but fabulous with good Irish butter and honey. I used gluten free flour and oats, and a heavy espresso-type stout beer. Yummy!

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