There is no better chocolate loaf than the one you are looking at right now. It’s moist, very chocolatey with a Guinness undertone that is barely noticed. The glaze is a bit more powerful with the Bailey’s but it all marries quite nicely.
The title indicates it’s a “bread” but it’s really much more than that. It’s really a dessert cake. Soft and spongy in texture, and just sweet enough. Paired with a cup of coffee (or a shot of Bailey’s) and it’s the perfect ending to a delicious meal!
Definitely something you’ll want to bake more often than just around St. Patrick’s Day!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 pan with baking spray.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and white pepper. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the edges of the bowl, then mix in egg. Add beer and mix for 30 seconds, just enough to break apart butter mixture into the beer.
Slowly add dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mixing gently in between. When all dry ingredients have been added, mix until just combined, when dry ingredients are no longer visible.
Gently fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, then pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean with a few moist crumbs.
Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, Baileys, and cream.
If you’d like the frosting to be thinner, add a small splash of baileys until desired consistency is reached. If you’d like the frosting to be thicker, add 1 tbsp powdered sugar at a time until frosting is thick enough.
Once bread has cooled, drizzle Baileys glaze on top of bread.
Bread can be stored in a sealed container and kept on the counter for up to 5 days.