Irish Guinness Brown Bread

1 loaf

Delicious, foolproof and quick to make, Ina uses Guinness, quick cooking oats, brown sugar and buttermilk to make her signature Irish Guinness brown bread.

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cup quick-cooking oats (not instant), such as McCann's, plus extra for sprinkling
2 ¼
cups whole wheat flour, such as Heckers
cup all-purpose flour
cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 ¼
tsp baking soda
tsp baking powder
tsp kosher salt
(11- to 12-oz) bottle Guinness extra stout beer, at room temperature
cup buttermilk, shaken
Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for brushing the pan
tsp pure vanilla extract
Salted butter, such as Irish Kerrygold


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beer, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. With your fingers, stir the batter from the middle of the bowl to the outside, until it’s well mixed. It will look more like cake batter than bread dough.

Step 3

Brush a 9 x 5 x 2 ½-inch loaf pan with melted butter. Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the top with oats. Put the bread in the oven, immediately turn the temperature down to 400ºF, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn the bread out onto a baking rack and allow to cool completely. Slice and serve with salted butter.

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