Easy Irish Guinness Bread (No Yeast)

This Guinness Bread is a quick and easy no yeast bread. Enjoy with butter, as a side to dip into your favorite soups and chilis, or sliced for sandwiches.

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I love making this Guinness bread because it’s the quickest and easiest way I know to get that texture of yeast bread, without all the waiting.

Most quick breads have a more dense and often sweet flavor as they don’t rise as much, but this Guinness beer bread recipe without yeast is the exception to that. The yeast in the beer and the carbonation of the beer allow the bread to rise and create a light bread texture.

The flavors in this no-yeast beer bread recipe are perfect with a bowl of Irish Leek & Potato Soup!

Quick breads became popular in the 1860s when self-activating baking powder hit the store shelves. That’s around when Irish Soda Bread became popular. Irish Soda bread uses buttermilk as the activating agent to the baking soda.

Someone replaced the buttermilk with beer and Irish beer bread was born.

Now we can have delicious bread for soup and sandwiches without kneading, resting or hours in the kitchen. This easy Guinness bread recipe can be made and enjoyed at the same time as your dinner.

What Makes Guinness Bread So Great?

  • Tons of Uses. Enjoy it with butter, use it as a side to dip into soups or chilis, or slice it for easy and tasty sandwiches. This beer bread complements various dishes effortlessly.
  • Simple Ingredients. With just a handful of common pantry items and a can of Guinness beer, you can create this bread without the need for special equipment or hard-to-find ingredients.
  • Malty Sweet Flavor: The distinctive taste of Guinness beer creates a malty, slightly sweet flavor that sets this bread apart from the usual quick breads.
  • Perfect for Beginners: If you’re new to baking or hesitant about working with yeast, this Guinness bread provides a beginner-friendly introduction to homemade bread-making. No complex techniques or extensive kitchen skills required.
Ingredients for Guinness beer bread on a white table.

Ingredients For Guinness Beer Bread

  • All-purpose flour – Combined with baking powder and salt, this makes the self-activating flour that allows the bread to rise.
  • Baking powder – Works with the yeast in the beer for the bread to rise.
  • Quick oats – Adds a heartiness to the bread and are also used for topping.
  • Brown sugar – Adds sweetness to prevent the bread from being bitter and is the food that the yeast in the beer uses to rise.
  • Salt – A flavor enhancer.
  • Molasses – Helps to balance the strong flavor of the beer and add a hint of sweetness and deeper flavor.
  • Unsalted butter – Used in both the dough and basted over the top at the end to help with browning so that the oats will stick to the top.
  • Guinness – The center of this easy Guinness bread. Substitute your favorite beer if you don’t have Guinness on hand.

See the recipe card below for exact quantities.

How To Make Beer Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Grease a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup oats, brown sugar and salt.  Mix to combine.
  1. In a medium bowl mix the molasses with 3 tablespoons of melted butter and the beer. I recommend adding the butter to the molasses first when it is warm so that it loosens up the sticky molasses and mixes better and then adding in the room beer.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should be sticky but not loose.

  1. Scoop the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly to all edges and corners.
  2. Baste the bread with the remaining butter, melted, and sprinkle it with the remaining oats.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Tips

  • Dry dough. If the dough appears too dry after adding the beer, gradually incorporate more beer until you achieve a thick and sticky, yet not dry, consistency.
  • Toasted oats. For an extra burst of flavor and texture, consider toasting the oats lightly before sprinkling them over the bread.
  • Adjust the sweetness. Adjust the amount of brown sugar to suit your preference for sweetness. If you prefer a slightly sweeter bread, you can add a bit more brown sugar to the dry ingredients.

Storage

This Guinness beer bread can be stored in a tightly sealed container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for up to 3 days or frozen by double wrapping tightly in plastic wrap for up to 2 months.

Guinness Bread FAQs

How does beer bread rise without yeast?

This easy no yeast Guinness bread rises thanks to the yeast in the beer. When you mix the bread in with the sugar and baking soda, they work together to help the bread rise.
Sugar is the food that feeds the yeast and when consumed it releases a gas which gives rise to the bread dough. This same process is where champagne made in the traditional method gets it bubbles from.

What is the best beer for beer bread?

I love the flavor that Guinness gives to the bread, but you can substitute it with any of your favorite beers. Lagers, ports, and honey IPAS would all work great and add unique flavors to your bread. Darker beers will provide a strong and hearty taste while light beers will give the bread a more neutral taste, and any spiced or flavored beer will also affect the taste.

Why is Guinness great in beer bread?

Guinness is an ideal beer to use in no yeast beer bread because of the rich, savory flavor. The bread is not savory but Guinness adds a depth of flavor that is unique.
The beer itself cooks out, along with the beer taste, so if you don’t like Guinness or beer itself – no worries. What you’re left with is a rich slightly malty sweetness without the beer taste. Light beers will give you less flavor and result in a more neutral bread while flavored beers can be a little too much. Guinness, in my opinion, provides a happy medium.

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Easy Beer Bread on a table sliced.

Easy Irish Guinness Bread (No Yeast)

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
This Guinness Bread is a quick and easy no yeast beer bread. Ideal for dipping into soups or using for sandwiches.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Baking
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 12 slices
Calories 193 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Loaf Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup +1 tsp rolled oats divided
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted; divided
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 14 oz Guinness beer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray or lightly grease with butter and line with parchment paper.
  • To a large bowl add 3 cups flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup oats.
  • In a small bowl add 3 tbsp of butter, melted and 2 tbsp molasses. Mix to combine. Then add the beer and mix.
  • Add the molasses mixture to the dry ingredients along with the beer and mix. The dough should be thick and sticky but not dry. If dry add a little more beer.
  • Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan and use a spoon or spatula to spread evenly ensuring the dough is tight against the sides and in the corners of the pan.
  • Base the top of the dough with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with a tbsp of oats.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Enjoy hot out of the oven with butter!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 265mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g

Notes

Storage:
Store tightly sealed on the counter for up to 3 days.  Or freeze double wrapped tightly for up to 1 month in the freezer.
Dough Too Dry?
Add a little extra beer if it is too dry. The batter should be sticky but not loose.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 Comments

    1. Hi Kate, At this point, I don’t see any just the ones you see but if you would like to leave a review after you make the recipe you can be my first!

    1. It is said that using room temperature beer is better but honestly I have done it with cold beer as well and haven’t experienced any issues.

  1. 5 stars
    Oh, wow, this looks delicious. I’m so excited to try it. I’m so excited to see a quick bread without yeast. Sometimes you don’t have enough time for the rising and this is perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t realize beer bread was so easy to make! I’m definitely giving this a try for St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. 5 stars
    I hate beer. Like whoa…no beer for me ever. But I do love beer bread! I haven’t made beer bread in years and yours looks so good! THANK YOU!!!

    1. Beer bread actually doesn’t taste beery at all. It seems to take on only the flavour notes of the beer without any hoppiness.

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