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

The best Irish brown soda bread ever. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: brown soda bread
Servings: 6
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Karrie


  • 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


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Grease loaf pans or bowl.
  • Mix all of the 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.


Serving: 269g | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2.4mg