Irish Brown Bread for St. Patrick's Day

This rich and hearty Irish Brown bread calls for fresh butter or a winter stew for dipping.  Delicious alongside a hot bowl of soup.


– 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour – 1 cup old fashioned oats – 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 – 11.2 oz bottle Guinness beer – 1/4 cup additional old fashioned oats for topping

Follow the instruction to make your Irish Brown Bread.

Bake in a grease a Dutch oven or a round 2 quart oven-safe bowl. You can use cooking spray or butter.

Substitute ginger ale for the Guinness (or forgo the beer altogether and just double-up on the buttermilk).

Freezing your Irish brown bread wrap your room-temperature bread in plastic wrap, then seal tight in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 4 months.

If you use a Dutch oven to make this Guinness bread, cook with the lid on. I use a 6-quart Dutch oven, which gives me a nice, wide “disc” of bread that plates very well and invites sharing

Irish Brown bread is dark, moist, and slightly sweet, flavored with real Guinness Irish stout. Delicious with soft butter, dipped in soup, or topped with jam. Bake a loaf for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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