Maple-Stout Quick Bread

Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving? I hope so! I’m sure all the bloggers will be posting recipes for leftovers today, or maybe a nice healthy salad.  Me–I’m getting my beer fix in the form of bread. (Disclaimer–no…I do not really need a beer “fix.” At least not today.) It is sorta healthy though, as far as bread is concerned.

I’m part Irish and I love a good stout. It’s not the only type of beer I drink, and I definitely need to be in the right mood for it, but I do love Guinness! It pained me to use a half-cup for this recipe and then pour the rest down. the. drain.

*moment of silence for the Guinness*

Another bottle was used for another recipe that only used 2 tablespoons. Buh-bye rest of the bottle. Hope you enjoyed the Guinness, sink drain.

*moment of silence for the second wasted Guinness*

Luckily this bread was worth the wasted Guinness. It was super moist, and had terrific flavors. The glaze was perfect to up the sweetness factor and make it a little prettier.




Maple Stout Quick Bread

This quick bread is moist, flavorful, and topped with a sweet maple glaze.

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  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup stout beer (I used Guinness)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small mixing bowl with a whisk or a fork. In a separate large bowl, blend butter and brown sugar with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
  2. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, combine beer, sour cream, and 1/4 cup of the maple syrup. Stir well with a whisk. With your mixer at low speed, add flour mixture and beer mixture alternately to the butter mixture. Make sure you begin and end with the flour mixture. Beat until just combined. Do no over-mix.
  3. Coat a 9×5-inch baking pan with baking spray. Scrape batter into the loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with crumbs clinging. Cool on a wire rack in pan for ten minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, stir until smooth. Add water, a few drops at a time, as needed until a glaze consistency is reached. Drizzle glaze over cooled bread. If desired, let stand until set before slicing.

I kept this bread in the fridge due to the moisture level. I wouldn’t say it is required, but I wanted it to keep a little longer.

adapted from Cooking Light magazine (October 2012)

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Delicious! I think I’ve already covered it, but the nutty, slightly bitter taste of the stout combined with the sweet maple syrup was just a perfect combination.
Husband’s take: “I was skeptical, but this is really good!” He ate it for breakfast a few days.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy.



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  2. This bread is delicious! I had exactly half a cup of stout to use, and I hate waste, so I went looking for “what to do with 1/2 cup of stout”, and I found your post! This bread was delicious, and I even “healthified” it even more by using applesauce for butter and Greek yogurt for sour cream. It still came out great! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. I haven’t have a good stout bread since St Patrick and now I want a slice of your bread. Definitely worth getting a Guinness even if you only used a cup

  4. This bread is brilliant, Rach! Now, you need to have this lovely little baby so we can get you a beer ;) Sending lots of <3 your way!

  5. Rachel, I don’t think you will believe me when I say that I’ve never baked a bread with beer in the dough before. NEVER. I love beer breads, but have never made any myself. the ocmbination of maple + Guinness is something my boyfriend would love. What a nice surprise I can make him after he passes a work exam next week :)

  6. I love a good quick bread and the flavours in this sound amazing!

  7. if i made this, there would be no wasted Guinness thanks to my husband. that’s a good thing, since i can’t stand beer! but i do like beer bread, so i’ll give it a go :)

  8. Oh my goodness Rachel this looks sooooooo good and I bet it’s just as delicious!

  9. Aw, poor Rachel! I actually hate beer, esp Guiness (forgive me!) but I did make some majestic things with it before and know it does work well in chocolate cake and whole wheat honey beer bread. I can imagine the flavor punch here with the maple-yummo!

  10. Beer bread makes me furiously happy. It’s a staple in my family’s home every holiday and its always the first thing to be devoured. I love this sweet version!

  11. That looks like a beautiful quickbread even though we’re all groaning about the stout down the sink.

  12. Hope you had the bestest Thanksgiving!! Love your cute baby bump in that last post!

  13. Oh, this looks so different and yummy. Poor Guinness. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Give the cutie a hug for me even though she has no idea who I am.

  14. What a delicious looking treat with the maple-stout flavor, perfect for the holidays.

  15. Looks Yum! Next time make two instead of wasting the Guiness, then send me one :-)

  16. ahh my fiance would love this..he’s a HUGE Guiness drinker. Loves the stuff! I love bread. Win win!

  17. This sounds fantastic! The maple and Guinness combo is a great idea.

  18. Sounds delicious! Not really a guiness fan, but I am sure in this bread it would be wonderful!

  19. So I totally recognize this recipe from Cooking Light. I have been wanting to make it soo bad! I just made Maple Banana Bread which was fantastic too. Can’t wait to try this one!

  20. The bread looks delicious! Don’t worry I definitely didn’t do a healthy post I wanted pizza yesterday!

  21. my hubby loves guinness…and when I was preggers when hubby opened a bottle of beer I always wanted to smell it??? weird I know but it was my “fix” lol

  22. Mmmm, hello amazing flavor combo! I’m not actually a Guinness fan, but I do like to bake with it.

  23. Oooooh, I made this for my blog a few weeks ago and it was SO delicious. Looking at yours makes me want to bake up another batch ASAP. :)

  24. Love the stout in the bread and even more so that it’s a quick bread. Yeast isn’t my favorite……
    Love the flavors!!

  25. I’ve made a few Guinness cakes before but I’ve always made them with chocolate, maple sounds like a delicious change from that! This cake would not last long at my house!

  26. Stout on it’s own is not my jam, but in bread?! I’ll take it!

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