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3 Ingredient Guinness Bread with Garlic Butter

Three ingredients and super easy to make, what more could you ask for? Garlicy goodness too? Of course!

I often make Guinness cake and there is usually a little bit of Guinness left in the bottle so it's really easy to make this bread alongside the cake. I don't actually drink Guinness but I love it in cake and especially in this bread recipe. It gives the bread a depth of flavour without going out to specifically buy wholemeal or bread flour. Not many of us have bread flour on hand so it's really handy that this recipe uses self-raising flour instead.


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Guinness garlic bread

Is Guinness good for me?

There haven't been many peer reviewed studies on the health benefits of Guinness but promising studies have suggested that it could be as beneficial as one glass of red wine a day. The barley and hops in the drink have shown to lower cholesterol on top of the many other health benefits.

In most beers, there are potential health benefits from antioxidants, B vitamins, fibre and prebiotics (that doesn't mean you should be drinking it like water though). Although, when it comes to Guinness it does offer almost twice as many antioxidants and is richer in nutrients than lighter beers and lagers. This gives us more protection against heart conditions. Before we start chugging the Guinness, there does need to be more research done to know how much is best and if its better than getting your nutrients from, say, vegetables instead.


What to eat with Guinness bread?

This is a great versatile bread which can also be eaten with any dish; soup, casserole, chilli. It goes with it all, I sometimes just eat it warm with a little butter.


Can I swap out the Guinness for another beer?

If you don't enjoy the strong flavour of Guinness then you can swap it out for a lighter beer. The darker beers have more health benefits than lighter beers and have a more robust flavour but you can easily switch out the beer in this recipe.


3 Ingredient Guinness Bread with Garlic Butter

Prep time

10-15 minutes

Cook time

35-40 minutes



Guinness garlic bread ingredients

190g Self-raising flour

170g Guinness

40g Salted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 220C/ 200C fan and line an 8-inch square baking dish with baking parchment.

Mix together the flour, butter and Guinness until smooth. Try not to over mix so that your bread is light and not overly chewy. Place the batter into the lined baking dish and flatten as best as possible.

Set aside while you make the garlic butter.

Guinness garlic bread ingredients

15g Salted butter

1 Garlic clove


Crush the garlic into the butter and then melt the butter in the microwave in short bursts. Pour the garlic butter over the batter and then, using your fingers, press the butter into the bread making several indentations (similar to how you would with a focaccia)

Bake for 35-40 minutes until dark golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing into and enjoying alone or with soup, casserole, chilli etc, the possibilities are endless.


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