Lazy Irish Beer Bread

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 cups self rising flour
  • 12 ounces room temperature beer (the better the beer, the better the bread. I use Harps beer made by Guiness in Dublin)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


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


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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.

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tmkurth March 20, 2011

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!

Greeny4444 April 12, 2010

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 :-)

Celtic cook June 18, 2010

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