This no knead Irish Brown Bread has the most amazing flavor thanks to Guinness and buttermilk. A delicious brown bread that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
The Better Half and I are Irish through and through. We both have Irish mothers (his Duffy, mine Murphy) and we both went to Notre Dame. So we get a little excited when St. Patrick’s day rolls around!
I wanted to bake something festive, but I draw the line at putting green food coloring in my beautiful bread. It just seems too artificial. So I thought this recipe for Irish Brown Bread from my no-knead cookbook
would be the perfect festive recipe to try out. It is a play on Irish Soda bread, but it uses yeast for the rising, rather than using baking soda. And, it has Guinness in it. Can’t get much more Irish than that!
Let me tell you, this brown bread recipe is a keeper. It has so much flavor, and the texture is amazing. It is a tiny bit denser than the original no knead bread. The Better Half and I devoured almost half a loaf last night, hot out of the oven. We liked it so much that I have another batch of dough rising right now!
This is a variation on the original no-knead recipe. Be sure to check out that post for more details about baking no-knead bread.
This no knead Irish Brown Bread has the most amazing flavor thanks to Guinness and buttermilk. A delicious brown bread that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
- 2 1/4 cups / 300 grams bread flour
- 3/4 cup / 100 grams whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp / 6 grams table salt
- 1 Tbsp / 5 grams wheat bran
- 1/4 tsp / 1 gram instant or other active dry yeast (note: I would measure this one rather than weighing)
- 3/4 cup /175 grams Guinness stout at room temperature, about 72 degrees
- 3/4 cup / 175 grams well-shaken buttermilk, at room temperature
- In a medium bowl, stir together flours, salt, wheat bran, and yeast. Add beer and buttermilk and mix until you have a wet, sticky dough (you might need to add a bit more liquid). Cover and let sit at room temperature until the surface is dotted with bubbles and the dough is more than doubled in size, 12 to 18 hours.
- When the slow rise is complete, lay a 12 x 18 inch sheet of parchment paper inside a 10-inch skillet and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Generously dust your counter, a large cutting board, or a silicone mat with flour. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the dough out in one piece. Using lightly floured hands, lift the edges of the dough and fold them in toward the center. Nudge and tuck in the edges of the dough to make it round. Transfer the dough, seam-side down, to the parchment-lined skillet. A bench scraper is helpful for doing this. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and cover the dough loosely with the wrap. Place the dough in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 1 to 2 hours. The dough is ready when it is almost doubled, and if it holds an indentation when gently poked with your finger.
- Half an hour before the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F, with a rack in the lower third position, and place a 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 quart heavy covered pot in the center of the rack (I use a Le Cruset Dutch Oven - make sure your pot can withstand the high temperature). Take the pre-heated pot out of the oven, and carefully transfer the dough into the pot by lifting the parchment paper and lowering it into the pot. Quickly cover the pot and put it in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue baking until the bread is a deep chestnut color, 10 – 20 mins more. Make sure to check the bread so it doesn’t burn, because every oven is different. An instant-read thermometer will register 210 degrees, or you can tap the bottom and listen for a hollow sound. Carefully remove the bread from the pot and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Variation: You can add 1 1/4 cups / 150 grams of currants to the flour mixture in step 1. Increase the amounts of Guinness and buttermilk to 1 cup / 230 grams each.
Recipe from My Bread by Jim Lahey
Read this post for more information on no-knead bread.
This also looks like a must try recipe! Being Irish…you’ve probably made soda bread? I made some last year…this year I’ll being trying this bread. Thank you for posting the recipe.
Any recipe that makes CateyLou ask me to “go buy some Guinness” is one I fully support! Oh, and the bread is really good.
Michele Kapp says
I live in South Africa and have just baked your Irish Brown Bread with Guinness. I have been baking ciabatta for some time so am no stranger to this way of bread baking. Your bread is totally delicious! I can recommend this bread to everybody who loves eating and baking bread. Some strong cheese, a nice relish and some red wine! (or Guinness).
Hi from NYC! Thank you so much for the comment! I’m so glad you like this recipe – it is one of my favorites. That spread sounds perfect! I’ve never been to South Africa but am dying to go! Hope you have a great weekend.
I just made this bread with 1 % milk fat buttermilk. It was all I could find at my store. Now I am nervous about serving the bread because of the long rise time ( I know high fat keeps better at room temp than low). Any thoughts?
Hi Lee – I’m not 100% sure but I think you will be just fine due to the high cooking temperature. I think that would kill off anything bad.