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.

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

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.

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  13. Colette @ JFF!posted March 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

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

  14. ashley - baker by natureposted March 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

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

  15. Marissa Kubinskiposted March 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm Reply

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

  16. Angieposted March 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    What a fun idea!

  17. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted March 12, 2013 at 7:20 am Reply

    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!

  18. fish storeposted March 11, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    Damn sure that its going to taste really good !!

    Fish Store

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  20. Wizzyposted March 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply

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

  21. Leslieposted March 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm Reply

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

  22. Laura Dembowskiposted March 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    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!

  23. [email protected]posted March 10, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

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

  24. Chrisposted March 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm Reply

    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.

  25. Anne @The Cooking Campaignposted March 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

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

  26. Gabyposted March 9, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

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

  27. katieposted March 9, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    Yum! This twist on beer bread sounds divine!

  28. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted March 9, 2013 at 6:20 am Reply


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

  29. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 9, 2013 at 12:35 am Reply

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

  30. a farmer in the dellposted March 9, 2013 at 12:04 am Reply

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

  31. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted March 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Sounds awesome, Sommer! Have a lovely weekend!

    HUGS <3

  32. Gloria @ Simply Gloriaposted March 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

    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! (=

  33. Wendyposted March 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

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

  34. Marian (Sweetopia)posted March 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

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

  35. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm Reply

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

  36. Sandy @ REposted March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm Reply

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

  37. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted March 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

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

  38. Janposted March 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    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!

  39. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply

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

  40. Diane {Created by Diane}posted March 8, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

    oh YUMMY!

  41. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted March 8, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    Love the apple butter, this looks so fantastic!

  42. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted March 8, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

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

  43. Carol | a cup of mascarponeposted March 8, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply

    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!

    • Carol | a cup of mascarponeposted March 8, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

      Sommer, I’m so sorry. I called you Faith. I hadn’t had coffee yet. I’m so embarrassed.

  44. marlaposted March 8, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    LOVE the apple butter/beer combo in this bread!

  45. Heather Christoposted March 8, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    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!

  46. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 8, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

    yum! i could not pass up this bread!!

  47. Paula - bell'alimentoposted March 8, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

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

  48. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted March 8, 2013 at 9:07 am Reply

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

  49. Synthiaposted March 8, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

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

  50. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted March 8, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    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!

  51. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 8, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    I gotta try this, it sounds wonderful!

  52. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 8, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

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

  53. Mariaposted March 8, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    What a fun loaf of bread!

  54. Naomiposted March 8, 2013 at 7:36 am Reply

    love the twist the apple butter!

  55. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 8, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

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

  56. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 8, 2013 at 7:20 am Reply

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

    Beautiful photos!!

  57. Marlyposted March 8, 2013 at 7:07 am Reply

    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!

  58. Cassieposted March 8, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

    I love beer bread. Great flavor ideas, Sommer!

  59. Carolynposted March 8, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

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

  60. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 8, 2013 at 5:57 am Reply

    This bread is fabulous! Yum!

  61. Belinda @zomppaposted March 8, 2013 at 5:27 am Reply

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