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Irish Ale Bread with Caraway and Herbs

1 9-inch loaf

1 hour 20 minutes active, plus cooling

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This quick and easy beer bread is perfumed with caraway, dill, chives, black pepper and... a full bottle or can of Irish ale, which lends the loaf yeasty, subtly sweet notes. An electric spice grinder is the best way to coarsely grind the caraway; pulse the seeds a few times, but don’t pulverize them to a fine powder. The butter for brushing the just-baked loaf will likely solidify upon standing; simply re-melt it a few minutes before removing the bread from the oven. Serve slices with corned beef and cabbage or slathered with softened butter.


9-inch loaf


Don’t whisk vigorously after adding the beer. Gentle mixing prevents excessive foaming as well as gluten development that toughens the bread. Don’t slice the bread while it’s warm. Like all quick breads, this loaf slices more easily and cleanly at room temperature. Use a serrated knife and a sawing motion.

1 hour

20 minutes active, plus cooling


  • 260

    grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour

  • 60

    grams (½ cup) cake flour


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Eric D.
April 14, 2023
Absolutely lovely
I will make this every year with my corned beef brisket. It's absolutely perfect.
Heather P.
March 18, 2023
Yummy, but too salty
This is great, but so salty. I will adjust the salt and try again
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Catherine F.

I’d love to incorporate some stone ground whole wheat flour, ground oats or other whole grains, any thoughts on how to do that?

Lynn C.

Hi Catherine -

Whole grain flour has more protein in it so it soaks up more liquid than all-purpose flour. If you use too much without altering the other ingredients in the recipe, it can become dry and dense. Therefore, when substituting a whole grain flour, we always recommend starting with substituting only 50% whole wheat for the all-purpose flour to ensure the texture of the bread isn't compromised.

The Milk Street Team