Guinness Bread with Honey Butter

by Erin

Irish soda bread is great but have you tried Guinness bread? I’ll seal the deal with a schmear of honey butter.

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This bread was perfect alongside corned beef and cabbage for St. Paddy’s Day. You can really taste the Guinness in the bread. And served warm, it was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. And the honey butter was little like icing on the cake. Pretty sure one person even said the bread was more of a vehicle to get the butter into his mouth, haha!

Guinness Bread with Honey Butter 1


Makes 2 loaf



1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, plus more for topping

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

1 (12 fluid oz.) bottle Guinness stout beer

Carraway seeds, fennel seeds, celery seeds, and/or coarse sea salt for topping (optional)


  1. Blend the butter ingredients together then place in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
  3. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness beer. Pour the flour mixture into the beer mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with additional oats, seeds, and/or sea salt if desired.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees, and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Source: Bread from All Recipes. Honey Butter from Alton Brown on Food Network.

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Post updated 3/12/19, the picture above is the original.

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Wg March 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Recipe calls for 8×8 pan but photo shows a round bread??

spiffycookie March 12, 2014 - 10:27 am

Yes, I used an 8-inch round pan. Either will work.

Carolyn March 14, 2012 - 8:19 am

Wow! guinness bread. Given that for me Guinness is so filling, it practically IS bread, I love this idea!

briarrose March 19, 2011 - 12:34 pm

Mmmm….Guinness in bread…love it! I looks so tasty.

spiffycookie March 19, 2011 - 7:52 pm

It is! Especially with the honey butter.


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