One of my husband’s favorite beers is Guinness and yes, he has had a Guinness in Ireland. Sometimes you get that lucky. My husband loves his dark, stout beers. A combination of his love of Guinness, not drinking the whole 6 pack before he had go bye bye with the Army and my former love of bread brought me to a beautiful and delicious recipe for Guinness bread from the Allrecipes UK/Ireland site.
Beer bread has always been a favorite in our house so when I found this recipe I knew I had to try it out. After all what kind of Irish girl would I be if I didn’t try it out. Ok that may be a stretch, i’m only a wee bit Irish but still I knew I had to make Guinness Bread and i’m glad I did.
The bread has a beautiful crusty, crust but the inside was moist and soft. It was perfect and an instant favorite! If you are looking for something to do with that lonely leftover bottle of Guinness in your fridge this is the recipe to make!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease an 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness® beer. Pour the flour mixture into the beer mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with additional oats if desired.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, open the door, and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the oven before turning out onto a wire rack.
One of my husband’s favorite things to eat is banana bread. Unfortunately for him I don’t make it that often because my monkeys love banana’s. Something weird happened at my daughters birthday though. None of the girls ate the bananas and then my kids didn’t touch them either. Next thing I knew they were too brown for the kid’s. So what do you do with brown banana’s? Make banana bread of course!
This month with Allrecipes I was also working with PAM®, a kitchen staple in my house as their product works perfectly to keep things from sticking. They have a wonderful banana nut bread recipe that looked like I could easily make gluten free so I went to work. The Banana Nut Bread recipe has no sugar and uses honey as a sweetener instead. I was intrigued. Many quick bread recipes are loaded with sugar and some are simply too sweet. The only way around this is to play with the amount of sugar or try sugar substitutes and hope for the best. Using honey instead of sugar was a welcome change and ultimately a delicious change. The banana bread was not as sweet as most other banana bread recipes but not as sweet is not a bad thing. This banana nut bread recipe has a good ratio of sweet to balance with the banana that turns it into something special.
Make up a batch of this Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread yourself the next time you find yourself with some banana’s that are a bit too ripe! You won’t be disappointed!