Happy St. Patrick's Day!
We celebrated the holiday a little early. My family missed the St. Patrick's day parade that is known as the parade to be at in our city of Dublin, Ohio. Our Spring Break coincides with this fun holiday.
Our little corner of the Midwest is the sister city to the real Dublin, Ireland. We celebrate with all foods Irish and with that only the finest stouts and whiskeys.
This recipe is super easy to mix up in about five minutes. An hour in the oven and this robust yet mellow beer bread has the most satisfying flavor. Taste for yourself.
I brought this loaf warm out of the oven to dinner at the neighbors and it was a hit. Even the kids loved it. The sweet taste of brown sugar mixed with the stout kept bringing them back for more. Loaf gone!
The Guinness stout gives the frothy fermentation needed to give this bread its rise. The brown sugar provides the slight sweetness. No yeast needed. It's delicious freshly sliced or toasted.
This recipe calls for Guinness stout but surely any Irish beer will do. Serve it with traditional Irish stew or use it to make corn beef sandwiches. How will you enjoy it?
Guinness Beer Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Extra Stout Beer
- Cooking spray
- 1 Tablespoon oats
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the inside of a loaf pan with plenty of cooking spray.
Using a mixer, blend together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour the beer into the dry ingredients mixing slowly. Mixing only takes a minute. Do not over mix.
Add the dough to the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of oats.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the bread is done. When a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean, the bread is done. Set the bread on a rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
Makes one loaf. Total time 1 hour.
Adapted from The Black Peppercorn.