This Guinness Beer Bread is a quick and easy no yeast bread. Enjoy with butter, as a side to dip into your favourite soups and chilis, or sliced for sandwiches.
If you’re looking for a tasty, easy bread recipe that doesn’t require special equipment or waiting for the yeast to rise, this no yeast beer bread recipe is just what you need.
With just a handful of common pantry ingredients and a bottle of Guinness beer, this easy beer bread has the light, fluffy texture of traditional bread with the ease of sweet bread.
I love making this Guinness beer bread because it’s the quickest and easiest way I know to get that texture of yeast bread, without all the waiting. Most quick bread has a more dense and often sweet flavour as they don’t rise as much but this beer bread recipe without yeast is the exception to that. The yeast in the beer and the carbonation of the beer allows the bread to rise and create a light bread texture.
The light, fluffy texture and the malty slightly sweet flavour provided by the beer make this a versatile bread. It’s perfect for sandwiches, as a side to soup or chili, toast or anything else you would use bread for.
Though it may have become more popular this year as nearly everyone tried their hand at baking bread, both no yeast quick bread and beer bread have been around for a while.
Quick breads themselves 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 easy beer bread was born.
Now we can have delicious bread for soup and sandwiches without kneading, resting or hours in the kitchen. This easy beer bread recipe can be made and enjoyed at the same time as your dinner.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- 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 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 flavour enhancer.
- Molasses – Helps to balance the strong flavour of the beer and add a hint of sweetness and deeper flavour.
- 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 beer bread. Substitute your favourite beer if you don’t have Guinness on hand.
How To Make No Yeast Beer Bread
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup oats, brown sugar and salt. Mix to combine.
In a small bowl mix the molasses with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
Add the molasses mixture and the beer to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly to all edges and corners.
Baste the bread with the remaining butter, melted, and sprinkle it with the remaining oats.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean.
How To Store Beer Bread
This 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.
How Does Beer Bread Rise Without Yeast?
This easy no yeast beer 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.
Can You Use Any Other Beer Brand?
Yes, you can substitute your favourite beer for Guinness in this easy beer bread. Lagers, ports, and honey IPAS would all work great and add unique flavours 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 flavoured 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, savoury flavour. The bread is not savoury but Guinness adds a depth of flavour 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 flavour and result in a more neutral bread while flavoured beers can be a little too much. Guinness, in my opinion, provides a happy medium.
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Easy Guinness Beer Bread
- Loaf Pan
- Large Bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup +1 tsp rolled oats divided
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted; divided
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 14 oz Guinness beer
- Preheat oven to 350F. 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 2 tbsp of butter, melted and 2 tbsp molasses. Mix to combine.
- 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!
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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For the step-by-step version of this recipe, check out the How to Make Easy Guinness Beer Bread Story.