Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Irish Guinness Brown Bread

It has been more than a decade since Jim and I were last in Ireland, but I remember it as though it was yesterday, including boarding a small plane in what appeared to be a sheep pasture. We had a marvelous time seeing the sights, and consuming a wide variety of foods. One thing I remember in particular, was the bread and butter. It seems that no one can do bread like the Irish. Slathered with a hefty portion of Irish butter it is this side of heaven.

Despite every effort, I have been unable to reproduce their wonderful brown bread, until now. Thanks to Ina Garten, delicious Irish-style Brown bread can be enjoyed at home, and trust me when I tell you that I have really been enjoying it, at absolutely every opportunity. Truth be told, it is so nostalgic and delicious that it is hard to stop.

Whether you’re planning an Irish dinner or not, you must try this delicious (and easy!) quick bread. It calls for no special equipment, just a couple of bowls and your hands for stirring.
Irish Guinness Brown Bread
From Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

1 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant), plus extra for sprinkling
2¼ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 (11- to 12-ounce) bottle Guinness extra stout beer, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for brushing the pan
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Salted butter, such as Irish Kerrygold

Preheat oven to 450° F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flours, 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.

Brush a 9 × 5 × 2½-inch loaf pan with melted butter (I sprayed mine with Baker’s Joy and it worked perfectly.). Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the top with oats. Put the bread in the oven, immediately turn the temperature down to 400° F, 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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Fair Meadow Place said...

Patti, I feel that I must try this. My partner loves to make Irish soda bread. I am certain he would love this. Thank you for sharing. https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca

Denise said...

This looks and sounds delicious, Pattie. Thank you for sharing!! My hubs and I have been to Ireland, too -- definitely a fun place to visit. :) I'm glad St. Patrick's Day is on Saturday this year -- makes it more fun to celebrate.

Have a great day!


Denise at Forest Manor

Unknown said...

Looks perfect for St. Patrick's Day! I found your recipe on Reader Tip Tuesday!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

I have been looking for a good Irish Brown Bread recipe, and cannot wait to try this! I have a great white soda bread recipe that I use often (soooo easy, I did post it on my blog a while back) but for some reason the brown bread recipe had eluded me! Thanks for sharing, Pattie!

Thelma said...

I must make it. It looks so delicious. I make an Irish fruit bread but this brown bread looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing. Also your photos are great.

Louca por porcelana said...

Hummm,it looks yummy!

Zaa said...

OMG .... This looks and sounds delicious... I can’t wait to make it ...for my hubby who was born of St. patricks Day ... and he love bread... Thanks for sharing... Hugs

Christina Paul said...

Oh this looks delicious!
I've had some hits and misses with bread baking but would love to try this for St. Patricks!

Unknown said...

Pinned! This sounds amazing!

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Miz Helen said...

Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and we have pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back real soon!
Miz Helen

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, Pattie, my late beloved and I went to Ireland and I fell in love with the brown bread!!! I MUST try this one, as I have been unable to reproduce what I remember. Our trip was our dream vacation, and I remember it so well, too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Pattie, that does sound and look delicious! Must try it sometime when I want a bit of a change from my usual Irish Brown Soda Bread.

Jody said...

Wonderful bread! My husband loved it! We paired it with Irish stew and mashed potatoes!.

Jody said...

Wonderful bread! My husband loved it! We paired it with Irish stew and mashed potatoes!.