Apple Beer Bread

Irish Apple Beer Bread for Saint Patrick's Day! #beerbread #breadBeer Bread could be the talk of the table at your St. Paddy’s Day Party this year.  This Irish Apple Beer Bread Recipe is hoppy and slightly sweet–the perfect paring to a hearty slice of Irish cheese.

Soft Irish Apple Beer Bread for Saint Patrick's Day! #beerbread #bread

What do YOU do on St. Paddy’s Day? Do you have any annual traditions?

Every year without fail, Lt. Dan and I have a lunch date at a local Irish Pub on Saint Patrick’s Day. If we happen to be traveling, we find an Irish pub, in order to keep our tradition.

It’s not that either one of us have strong Irish roots… The importance of the date has to do with the fact that Lt. Dan grew up in South Bend, Indiana, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

That’s it.

It doesn’t make sense to me either, but let’s just go with it.

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We always put on our Notre Dame sweat shirts (annual gifts from his family) and head out for fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, or bangers and mash.

I can’t complain; we have great memories from our St Paddy’s Day dates.

This year, with St. Patrick’s Day being on a Sunday, the kids will be included in our date. Then we’ll come home and prepare an Irish feast for dinner, fit for all the gentry of Tullynally Castle.

Irish Feasts From Years Past Have Included:

Easy Apple Beer Bread for St. Patty's Day | #irish #stpattysday #saintpatricksday

My favorite part of an Irish dinner is always the bread. Although I love to make Irish Soda Bread, a beer bread recipe is a nice alternative and loaded with flavor.

This Apple Beer Bread is a quick-bread recipe, so there’s no rise-time. Just mix it up and pop it in the oven.

The burnished color and moody undertones come from adding a dark beer to the batter, a touch of molasses, and a hefty dose of rich Musselman’s Apple Butter.

Apple Beer Bread Recipe for St. Patty's Day | #irish #stpattysday #saintpatricksday

These ingredients gives the Apple Beer Bread an intense complexity that pairs perfectly with sharp cheese like Dubliner or Irish Cheddar.

Today I paired my Apple Beer Bread with Horsefeathers Horseradish and Cheddar Spread, a fantastic spicy Real California Cheese made by Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese.

Sooooo good guys! You’ve got to try this.

Apple Beer Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:60-70 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 12 ounces Porter or Stout Beer (dark)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two standard loaf pans.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs, Musselman’s Apple Butter, beer and molasses and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Slowly add to the wet mixture. Beat to combine.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared loaf pans. Bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf, comes out clean.
  5. Cool in the loaf pans for 10 minutes before gently inverting to release the loaves. Once completely cool, wrap well to store.
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62 comments on “Apple Beer Bread

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  4. Jodee Weilandposted September 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Looks delicious…can’t wait to try it1

  5. Rozposted May 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

    OMG that is gooooood!

    Rating: 5
  6. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted March 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm Reply

    You had me at beer. ;) Looks great.

  7. Shainaposted March 18, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    Gah. I need this in my life.

  8. Shainaposted March 18, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply


    Rating: 5
  9. luv what you doposted March 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Wow, this read looks amazing!
    I love quick breads and can’t wait to try this one!

  10. Jonaposted March 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Sommer, I just made this bread, it is in the oven right now baking, I think my family is going to love it! It may become our new family tradition. I did use my own homeamade apple butter for the recipe and so I hope it still turns out well! We will see! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you, Dan and the kids!

    Rating: 5
  11. Kristi Rimkusposted March 16, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    Sounds like you have a fun family date tradition. My mother-in-law comes from Ireland, so St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal. I’d forgotten how easy and tasty beer bread is. I love the apple you’ve added to this version. Definitely a must make recipe.