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Irish Ale and Cheddar Bread

Irish Ale and Cheddar Bread

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This Irish Beer and Cheddar Bread is incredibly moist and flavorful. Irish cheddar, butter and beer are all baked into a delicious and EASY quick bread. The beer and cheese flavor are subtle and the texture of this bread is similar to a drop biscuit.
Course Breads & Baked Goods
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword ale, baking, broccoli cheddar soup, cheese bread, Dubliner cheese, quick bread, St. Patrick's Day, stout
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 slices
Calories 318
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 3 tablespoons unsalted Irish butter melted
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt sea salt or Himalayan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 ounces Irish cheddar shredded
  • 12 ounces Irish beer like Killian's Irish Red


  • 2 tablespoon unsalted Irish butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder



  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and brush a little of it on the inside of a 9x5 bread loaf pan. Reserve the rest.
  • In a large mixing bowl, measure and add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic and onion powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the cheese and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the beer. Use a spatula to stir until just combined.
  • Transfer bread batter to prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
    Pour the melted butter over top and bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Or until a tester comes out clean.


  • Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter to a small sauce pan. Stir over low heat until melted. Then add the dried parsley, garlic powder and pinch of salt.
  • Once the bread has baked, remove and immediately brush the garlic butter over the top of the bread.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes before carefully removing and transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.
    Slice and serve.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 2mg