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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 pairing to a hearty slice of Irish cheese.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Apple Beer Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
This Irish Apple Beer Bread Recipe is hoppy and slightly sweet—the perfect pairing to a hearty slice of Irish cheese.
Servings: 2 loaves



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two standard loaf pans.
  • 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.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Slowly add to the wet mixture. Beat to combine.
  • 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.
  • Cool in the loaf pans for 10 minutes before gently inverting to release the loaves. Once completely cool, wrap well to store.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 197kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 142mg, Potassium: 166mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, Irish
Author: Sommer Collier

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63 comments on “Apple Beer Bread”

  1. To really appreciate this bread, do you have to have it with cheese? Sounds good with it. But would it be missing something without the cheese…?

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  5. Looks delicious…can’t wait to try it1

  6. OMG that is gooooood!

  7. You had me at beer. ;) Looks great.

  8. Gah. I need this in my life.

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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  13. Beer, apple, white cheddar – what a delicious trio!

  14. What a cute date tradition! And this bread looks like holy yum!!!!

  15. Just finished making this and it is delicious. Sweet, moist and perfect with a little bit of butter.

  16. This bread looks so moist and flavorful! What I would give for a thick slice to snack on with my coffee this a.m. :) Yum!

  17. Damn sure that its going to taste really good !!

    Fish Store

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  19. What a lovely loaf. Not familiar with beer in bread but it looks quite tasty.

  20. Grrrrrr. if I only had some apple butter I would make this right now. Sounds amazing!

  21. That looks super moist and delicious! I’d love a slice of that any time of day. I bet a little additional apple butter smeared on top would be amazing!

  22. This bread looks awesome! Wishing I had a big slice for breakfast today!

  23. Our tradition used to be making corned beef but that has morphed into making pastrami because as soon as I have corned beef, we want to smoke it.

  24. This bread look absolutely amazing! I just want to reach through the computer and taste it.

  25. I’d like some of this for breakfast right this very minute!!

  26. Yum! This twist on beer bread sounds divine!

  27. Pinning!

    The apple butter, molasses, no rise time – this is PERFECT. I love flavors like this!

  28. Ohhh, this bread looks wonderful! Love the thought of apples and beer together!

  29. The bread alone sounds amazing, but that cheddar spread put me over the top! yum!

  30. Sounds awesome, Sommer! Have a lovely weekend!

    HUGS <3

  31. I’m so intrigued by this recipe! And I’m loving the date idea on St. Patty’s Day. Any tradition to have with your sweetie is a must! (=

  32. The apple juice in the beer bread must add a bit of sweetness. I sounds wonderful. I will be making this soon. Thanks!

  33. We don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions, but making this bread sounds like a good place to start. :)

  34. Beer and apples is a great combination! And I love your tradition. =)

  35. Oh, girl. I love this. Serve it up with my Irish Guinness Stew! Yum!

  36. I love it! What a great bread!!! I want a slice right now, all warmed with melted butter!!

  37. This bread looks great! Do the apple and beer flavors come through?
    I would have never thought to pair it with a cheddar & horseradish spread. Interesting!

  38. Your bread looks so good, Sommer! I love Fiscalini Horsefeathers too :).

  39. Love the apple butter, this looks so fantastic!

  40. I use apple buter ALL the time! This looks super moist and oh so fluffy!

  41. This bread looks so delicious and comforting, Faith! Love the combo of flavors, that you wouldn’t normally think of putting together! Lovely! Have a great weekend!

  42. LOVE the apple butter/beer combo in this bread!

  43. This is such a cool recipe Sommer! I love bread with beer and just made some the other night! I am really impressed with the addition of the apples- I bet they taste great with the beer!

  44. yum! i could not pass up this bread!!

  45. I’m closing my eyes and imagining how good this smells and must taste : )

  46. When you put that cheddar spread on top, I swooned a little. I love everything about this recipe!

  47. This bread looks so amazing! Definitely making it this weekend for my husband. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  48. Mmmm this looks SO good on its own, I can’t even imagine how much my mind would be blown with a cheddar spread on top!

  49. I gotta try this, it sounds wonderful!

  50. This is one really nice sounding bread! Perfect for St Patty’s Day!

  51. What a fun loaf of bread!

  52. love the twist the apple butter!

  53. Yum, I LOVE a good beer bread, and this sounds awesome with apple butter!

  54. I love this twist on traditional beer bread! The apple butter and stout sound wonderful.

    Beautiful photos!!

  55. I’ve got a wee bit of Irish in me so St. Patty’s day has always been a lot of fun for me. Looks like you enjoy it too. This bread looks mighty tasty!

  56. I love beer bread. Great flavor ideas, Sommer!

  57. Yum, I’ve made cheddar beer bread, but never apple beer bread!

  58. A good thick slice of this and butter…hmmm.cant go wrong with this!!