guinness irish beer bread

Dark Molasses Irish Beer Bread - deliciously simple thanks to one bowl mixing and no rise time!

Dark Molasses and Guinness Irish beer make a delicious bread fit for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This one bowl recipe is quick to mix together and doesn’t require any rise time – perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or paired alongside a hearty Irish stew.

  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces Guinness
  • ⅓ cup dark molasses
  • pad of butter for preparing loaf pan
  • 3-4 tablespoons rolled oats for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9x5" loaf pan thoroughly with butter and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Add Guinness and stir until loosely combined. Avoid over mixing or your batter will deflate.
  4. Add the molasses and stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle top with rolled oats.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until crust has formed and a toothpick inserted into the highest point comes out clean.
  7. Serve immediately or toasted with a smear of honey butter.

Dark Molasses Irish Beer Bread - deliciously simple thanks to one bowl mixing and no rise time!


  1. says

    I’ll try to make this for St. Patrick’s Day but looks like it would be good anytime. I like the idea of making it with chocolate ale, but my husband is a Guinness lover.

  2. motherwouldknow says

    What a lovely “quick bread.” It almost reminds me of traditional Irish soda bread, which doesn’t have any of the sweetness or the currants of its American cousin. My Irish-American husband would love this, especially with a schmear (as we say in my house) of good Irish butter and a tad bit of honey or jam.

  3. says

    We’ve got a local brewery here (Warped Wing, named after one of the inventions of the hometown boys, Wilbur & Orville Wright) that makes an Oatmeal Stout that would be perfect in this bread.

  4. says

    wow. absolutely delightful! I’m always looking for fun things to make for the hubs for St. Paddy’s Day! :) I love the mix of molasses and Guinness!

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