Irish brown bread

Disney Irish soda bread with Guiness reduction

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This Disney Irish soda bread with Guiness reduction is a recipe that Ryan introduced to me. He had it in Disney World at Raglan Road Irish Pub, and as we got closer to St. Patrick’s Day, he asked me to make it.

Irish brown bread

I love making this bread recipe because it is just SO TASTY and simple to make. Because it calls for buttermilk and baking soda, you don’t have to sit around and wait for any yeast to activate or dough to rise. Simply combine ingredients and pop in the oven!

Irish brown bread

Irish Soda Bread and the Guinness reduction is a great recipe to make as an appetizer, or with a slow cooked meat and veggies, (like corned beef and cabbage!)

Disney Irish brown bread with Guinness Reduction

course Side Dish
cuisine Irish
keyword baking, bread, Disney, Irish, st patricks day
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
total time 1 hour
Author Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


Irish brown bread

  • 6 c all purpose flour
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats divided
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 4 c buttermilk
  • 1/4 c Guinness
  • 1/4 c molasses

Guinness reduction

  • 2 c Guinness
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil for serving


Irish brown bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter two 9 1/2x5x3 inch loaf pans and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, 1 c rolled oats, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, Guinness, and molasses.
  4. Add the wet ingredients, a little bit at a time to the large bowl, mixing with your hands. This may seem like too much for your large bowl, but the dough will be dense and sticky and will most likely fit. If you need to, you can transfer to a working surface and mix by hand on the surface.
  5. Transfer dough to prepared pans. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 c oats on top, and press them down lightly with your hands to get them to stick.
  6. Bake until bread is amber brown, and it feels hollow when you tap the top.
  7. Place on cooling rack and remove after a few minutes of cooling. Allow to cool a little more before slicing and serving.

Guinness reduction:

  1. Whisk the Guinness and sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Stay close to the pot at all times. The sugar can cause the mixture to boil over VERY QUICKLY. If the Guinness reduction starts to bubble and rise, quickly remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before returning to heat.
  3. Simmer until mixture is reduced by half, about one hour. The mixture should be thick and syrupy.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. To serve, place 1 part olive oil in a bowl and drizzle Guinness reduction on top.
  6. Reduction can be stored in refrigerator for up to two weeks.