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Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread with Guinness Reduction Recipe

There’s nothing more Irish at Walt Disney World than a trip to Raglan Road Irish Pub.  They are famous for their Irish Brown Bread with a Guinness Reduction.
Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread with Guinness Reduction Recipe St. Patrick's Day
You can bring a little Raglan Road home with you this St. Patrick’s Day (or anyday) by whipping up this great recipe.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Raglan Road Restaurant and Pub at Walt Disney World
We had the chance to visit Raglan Road Irish Pub for their “Rollicking Raglan Brunch”. Before our breakfast was served, we were treated to a basket of Irish Brown Bread.

Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread

The bread is paired with a sauce that is a combination of a Guinness and sugar reduction with olive oil.

Raglan Road Guinness Reduction

You could also smother a slice with butter. The bread had a crunchy and flaky crust while the center was soft and chewy. It was the perfect start to our meal.

Now I’m not Irish, unless you count by marriage. I do, however, enjoy a good Irish jig or a spirited rendition of “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers. I never thought that I would attempt making Irish bread at all, let along from scratch. But to my surprise, it’s not that hard to make. In fact, within an hour, I was done!
Before I give you the recipe, check out Disney chef Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road making a batch. You’ll see just how easy it is to make.
The recipe I used said it made one 3 lb loaf, but I found you could easily get 2 loaves from the recipe. It could also be adapted to make one loaf. Simply divide the measurements in half.

Raglan Road’s Irish Brown Bread with Guinness Reduction Recipe

Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread and Guinness Reduction at home

Irish Brown Bread

6 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup Guinness
1/4 cup molasses

Guinness Reduction

2 cups Guinness
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup olive oil, for service


Instructions for Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a large loaf pan or several small loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; flours, 1 cup of oats, salt and baking soda.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients; buttermilk, Guinness and molasses.
  5. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture a little at a time, folding as you go, then using your hands, until you have a sticky dough.
  6. Transfer dough to prepared pan/s. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of oats on top of the dough, pressing slightly to stick.
  7. Bake large loaf for 40-50 minutes and small loaves 20-30 minutes until golden brown. You’ll know it’s done when the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped on top.
  8. Remove from pan and cool.
  9. While the bread is cooling, prepare the reduction.

Slice of Irish Brown Bread

 Instructions for Guinness Reduction:

  1. Combine the Guinness and sugar in a medium
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Note: Do not leave the
    pot unattended while it is coming to a boil, as it may boil over.
  3. Simmer until mixture is reduced by half and is thick and syrup-like, about 1
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature
  5. For service, place 1/4 cup olive oil in a saucer or small plate. Drizzle
    with 1/4 cup Guinness Reduction.

Homemade Irish Guinness Reduction


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Heading to Walt Disney World and want to enjoy the a meal at Raglan Road?  Check out their website here.  You can make reservations through Open Table or Walt Disney World’s Reservation System.


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Saturday 10th of September 2022

Delicious and easy to make! Came out perfect!

Tesi Torres

Friday 31st of December 2021

The bread is okay but not like the one at Ragland Road. 😢 The crust was way too hard and it wasn’t sweet at all. The one at Ragland Road had an amazing sweetness to it. I’m disappointed.


Sunday 23rd of July 2023

@Tesi Torres, agreed... something missing... lack of fat?? Sweetness?? I think I'm going to play with the recipe

James Cameron

Thursday 10th of February 2022

I'm sorry to hear it didn't turn out the way you remembered.

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