Beer in Irish Soda Bread – A recipe

A recipe of Irish Soda Beer Bread

Beer. It’s a nourishing drink that can add rich flavour and leavening to your quick breads. Here’s one of my favourite recipes from my restaurant, Java Jack’s, in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. 


bread with beer

Makes 2 loaves 


5 cups (750g) all-purpose flour

¾ cup (75g) flaked or rolled oats 

2 ½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 ½ Tbsp brown sugar

¾ cup molasses

¼ cup butter

1 ¾ cup milk

1 cup dark stout beer



Preheat the oven to 350 F (170C).


Line two loaf pans with parchment paper.


Mix the milk, molasses and beer together in a medium sized bowl.  


Add the oatmeal and set these wet ingredients aside for 10 minutes so the oats can hydrate.


In a separate, large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Then rub in the butter, using your hands, two butter knives, or a pastry cutter, until the dry ingredients have the consistency of bread crumbs. 


Add the wet oatmeal mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until you have a wet dough. Divide this mixture equally between two loaf pans.  To ensure equal amounts in each pan, weigh them and adjust as needed.  This way they cook evenly and equally. 


Bake for 45 – 50 minutes at 350F (170C) until done.