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Mini Irish soda bread with Guiness glaze.

Mini Irish soda bread, Guinness Glaze + Guinness Butter


A quick and easy recipe for Irish soda bread!  Add a festive, fun touch with a Guinness glaze and a little stout-spiked butter.



Irish Soda Bread

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¾ cups of buttermilk (or enough to moisten dough)

Guinness Glaze

  • 1 12-oz bottle Guinness
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Guinness Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • Two pinches of kosher salt (1 pinch of table salt)
  • ¼ cup Guinness glaze


Mix + bake soda bread

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients for bread in a large bowl. Pour in buttermilk, and mix with a wooden spoon until large lumps form. Add more buttermilk as needed to form a moist, but not sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently just until the bread comes together.
  4. For one large loaf, shape into a 2-inch high round, or divide the dough into four mini-loaves.
  5. Score dough with an inch-deep cross.
  6. Bake loaves on a parchment-lined, lightly floured sheet pan until golden brown, and the loaves sound hollow when you tap the bottoms. This will be 15-25 minutes for individual loaves, about 30 minutes for one large loaf.

Guinness Glaze

  1. Combine Guinness and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer until reduced to about a half cup, about 30 minutes.
  3. Cool to room temperature.

Guinness Butter

  1. Mix softened butter, salt and molasses with a spatula until well blended.
  2. Add ¼ cup of Guinness syrup (or to taste).