Lazy Irish Beer Bread

Lazy Irish Beer Bread

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Serves: 8-10,Yield: 1.0loaf
  • About This Recipe

    “From me own lazy Irish grandmother who died at 100 years plus one day old on Saint Patricks Day back in 1968. I love the way it smells while baking. If you don’t like the smell of beer, stay away from it. I also like that you can add it to an oven being used to make something else like a chicken etc. If the other item being baked or roasted requires 325F, just add an extra 10 minu”


  • 2 1/2 cupsself rising flour
  • 12ouncesroom temperature beer( the better the beer, the better the bread. I use Harps beer made by Guiness in Dublin)
  • 2tablespoonssugar
  • Directions

  • Hand mix all ingredients only until well mixed (do not beat or use a mixer).
  • Put mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  • Preheat your oven to 375º F degrees.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Reviews

  • “We really liked this. I was originally starting out to make Beer Bread Recipe #73440, but there were a lot of complaints with that one being too heavy and too sweet; so after comparing other recipes to it, I decided to go with this one, which essentially adjusts those concerns – uses less flour, less sugar.I didn’t have self-rising flour, so I had to add 1 tsp of salt and 2.5 tsp baking powder. I sifted the flour directly into the measuring cup, so as to avoid it being packed at all; and the bread was light and fluffy, actually closer in texture to a yeast bread than a quick bread. When adding the beer to the dry ingredients, the rising action began immediately; so I quickly stirred it just enough to get everything moistened. It was fun to watch, as the bread actually rose while the oven was preheating – would’ve risen further had I given it a few more minutes, which I will next time. Bread was light textured inside, slightly crusty outside, about the same sweetness as any white bread (i.e. not noticeably sweet), smelled/tasted slightly of beer but so slightly that no one knew there was beer in it until I told them.
    It was a bit crumbly when cutting, difficult to get a a perfect slice; but that’s the case with most of my breads :^) so that really wasn’t an issue for us.I think we liked this bread at least as well as many homemade yeast breads – and given the level of effort involved, no contest.Read more:”

  • “This was an easy-to-make and super delicious bread. I made this alongside Recipe #229170 tonight, and we couldn’t decide which one we liked better. I made my own self-rising flour by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt per one cup all-purpose flour. I used an 11.2 oz. bottle of Guinness Draught, and the flavor of the beer really shined through-it was SO yummy. This is a great recipe. Thanks so much for posting it!”

  • “Soooo easy you have to try it even if you don’t bake breads!I have shared this with both my young daughters, family and friends….tasty and a great aroma when you cut the loaf that must be experienced in your kitchen:-)”

  • “Yummy and oh so easy!!!I’m not good at making bread, but this one is fail proof!I will definitely be making this again.”

  • “This was excellent!I used Rolling Rock because that’s what we had in the house.I didn’t have any self-rising flour, so I added baking powder and salt to my all purpose flour, as one reviewer suggested.I drizzled a little bit of melted butter over top the baking bread about half way through baking time.So good!I won’t be buying any more beer bread mixes … No need!This is just as good (if not better) and much cheaper to make.”

  • “This turned out wonderful. It was a very rainy day so I weighed my (self-rising) flour, 12.5 ounces = 2 1/2 Cups. I used an extra pale pilsner (Rolling Rock). I realized I had left my trusted loaf pan at our beach house, so I had to use a very “tinny” loaf pan. I was afraid the bottom of the bread may burn with the pan I had, so I decided to bake it on an insulated sheet pan. After 30 minutes, I brushed about 3 Tablespoons of melted butter over the top. I baked and additional 15 – 18 minutes and it was a beautiful loaf of bread. Very light, not overly dense at all. I served it along side of and Holy Cow, it was a comfort meal from heaven. Even though I do not like a stout or dark beer, DH does. Next time I make this I will used a beer such as Guinness and serve with a proper Irish stew. I will also fore-go the butter (or use a lesser amount of unsalted butter)for a more sweet bread(maybe a little more sugar as well?). I can’t wait to make this again using a darker beer! I’m looking forward to morning to toast it, slather it with butter and jam, with a nice cup of English Breakfast tea to go with. Humm, maybe a midnight snack… Thanks Len, for sharing this recipe…”

  • “Great recipe!My mom had a beer bread mix from Taste of Home and I loved it, however she would not buy anymore because it was so expensive.I decided to look for a recipe as I was sure it could be made at home for much less.I was right.We prefer our bread a little sweeter to offset the slight bitter taste from the beer and baking powder, so I double the sugar.”

  • “What an easy loaf to make. I thought I’d added too much beer as it was quite a ‘wet’ mixture, but it was perfect. We had it with real butter– sooooooo good! I brushed the top with a little butter about 10 minutes before taking out of the oven. That gave it a nice crust. Thank you Len, I’ll be making this a lot and will try different beers too.”

  • “I’ve been making beer-bread for years, but never added sugar to it. The sugar made a very good difference!Next time you make it, try adding herbs like thyme or a pinch of rosemary. Seeds like celery seeds or caraway are great, too! Thanks for the sugar-tip! Terry”

  • “I made this for our family St. Patrick’s Day dinner.It was soooooooo easy to make.Everyone loved it!I am not a huge beer fan (shhhh, don’t tell St. Paddy) & used Guiness Stout which was way too ‘stout’ for my taste.Will definately make this bread over & over but will probably use a much milder beer.:)”

  • “I figured a bread so easy would be too good to be true, but this is the real deal! Start to finish in less than an hour and very tasty! We served this alongside Emerald Green Punch, Corned Beef and Cabbage in Guinness, and Dublin Coddle. Thanks!”

  • “This came out fantastic. Great crust, fluffy inside. Made it with 1/5 whole wheat four and 11.2 oz of Guinness. Will make again!”

  • “You can’t get much easier than this!I didn’t have self-rising flour, so followed recipe #5247,but I found the bread to be quite salty.I will cut that back to 3/4 tsp next time but the ratio of baking powder at 1 1/2 tsp. per cup of flour seemed perfect.Other than that, the bread was a huge hit.I will make this again, and look forward to trying different beers for different flavors.”

  • “We made this for St. Patty’s Day dinner and we liked it.It is a very dense bread but when we slathered it in butter it didn’t matter.I agree with other reviewers, that when you slice the bread the smell is divine.Thank you for sharing.”

  • “This was great!!I made this to go with some beef stew and it was a big hit!Hubby and son went back for seconds. I used Blue Moon and increased the sugar to 3 tablespoons.I’ll definitely make this again.Thanks for posting it, Len!”

  • “Delicious and really easy to make! I used a Budweiser and it was just perfect. I will definitely do it again and I will try with a different beer. Thanks for sharing!”

  • “This bread was awesome!! We used Harps beer not on purpose, but more on accident (it was on sale at the store)!! When I first took this bread out of the oven I thought I had over cooked it, as it was hard, but after it cooled and sat a little bit it softened up and tasted amazing!! I will never buy a beer bread mix again…this is so simple and much cheaper :)”

  • “This was delicious. We used Bud Light because it is our favorite. Delicious!”

  • “This was great–so fast and easy!I used DH’s homebrew wheat ale and it tasted great–I might try a more malty beer next time, and there will be a next time!This would be fab with chili!!!Thanks for the keeper!”

  • “Wonderful Bread.So fast and easy.DH and I have all ready eaten half of the loaf. I just used Miller Lite and made as directed. Thanks Len.Made for the Best of 2009 Cookbook Swap.”