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Quick & Easy Beer Bread

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With only six ingredients and four steps, this beer bread recipe is super easy! No yeast needed and you can whip it up in about five minutes!

loaf of sliced beer bread on a cutting board

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Do you know how easy it is to make beer bread? Really, most bread is really easy to make.

Have you tried my homemade pita bread (only 4 ingredients!) or onion dill bread?

While those are easy, this beer bread doesn’t require yeast and there’s no kneading involved.

Add the fact that it only has six ingredients and is mixed up in one bowl, and it doesn’t get much easier.

Serve it warm with butter and jelly and thank me later =)

INGREDIENTS

  • Flour – All purpose, white flour. Nothing fancy here.
  • Baking Powder – for rise & keeps the bread from being too dense.
  • Salt
  • Sugar – granulated white sugar.
  • Butter – I like to use salted but use whichever you like.
  • Beer – The yeast in the beer interacts with the sugar to help the bread to rise. Use your favorite beer or you can use seltzer water if you’re not a beer drinker.
ingredients laid out to make bread

HOW TO MAKE BEER BREAD

STEP ONE: To a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, 3 Tbs melted butter, and beer and stir until smooth (some lumps are okay)

STEP TWO: Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9×5 loaf pan and smooth to the edges.

STEP THREE: Drizzle the remaining 3 Tbs melted butter over the top. 

STEP FOUR: Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

PRO TIP: For even more flavor, brush on 1-2 Tbs melted butter once its finished cooking.

beer bread batter with melted butter poured over it

WHAT IS THE CONSISTENCY OF BEER BREAD?

Beer bread is quite dense so don’t expect light and fluffy. It’s not like white sandwich bread. It’s quite filling and tastes great warm. It has a bite to the inside of the bread and a fantastic crunchy, buttery top. 

WHICH KIND OF BEER IS BEST?

The type of beer used in beer bread really depends on you and your personal preferences.

The short answer- use your favorite type of beer. The beer will take on the flavor of the beer, but with less intensity.

If you prefer the taste of a heavy stout, use that. If you prefer a light, slightly tangy beer, pour that one in. You can also use a spiced or flavored beer.

I have heard of people using spiced apple cider for a sweeter bread.

If you don’t drink beer or don’t have any on hand, use 1 ½ cup seltzer water instead. The bubbles in the seltzer water will provide the lift that you need to make the bread rise. 

slice of beer bread with blue checkered towel

CAN I USE SELF-RISING FLOUR?

If you have self-rising flour, you can use that instead of all-purpose flour. Just make sure to omit the baking powder and salt because those two ingredients are already in the self-rising flour.

This also applies to wheat flour. Just be aware that with wheat flour, it will result in a denser bread. 

CAN I FEED IT TO MY KIDS?

Beer bread won’t get you drunk and it perfectly safe for children to eat. The majority of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process and leaves you with a greater depth of flavor.

If you are worried about feeding this to your kids, use seltzer water or a non-alcoholic beer instead. They are going to love it either way! 

HOW LONG CAN I STORE BEER BREAD FOR?

This bread will stay fresh for 3-5 days at room temperature. You can refrigerate it for 7-10 days in an airtight container.

This bread also freezes well and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months for best quality. I recommend slicing the bread first before freezing.

overhead shot of bread in loaf pan

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loaf of sliced beer bread on a cutting board

Beer Bread

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
With only six ingredients and four steps, this beer bread recipe is super easy! No yeast needed and you can whip it up in about five minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 2236 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour spooned into measuring cups
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbs butter melted & divided in half
  • 1 ½ cups beer or seltzer water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F & lightly grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, 3 Tbs melted butter, and beer and stir until smooth (some lumps are okay).
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth to the edges. Drizzle with remaining 3 Tbs melted butter.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • For even more flavor, brush on 1-2 Tbs melted butter once it’s finished cooking.

Notes

Best when served warm with butter and jam.
If you have self-rising flour, you can use that instead of all-purpose flour. Just make sure to omit the baking powder and salt. Those two ingredients are already in your self-rising flour. This also applies to wheat flour. Just be aware that with wheat flour, it will result in a denser bread.
Store 3-5 days at room temperature. You can refrigerate it for 7-10 days in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 2236kcalCarbohydrates: 330gProtein: 41gFat: 73gSaturated Fat: 44gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 1806mgPotassium: 2012mgFiber: 10gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 2129IUCalcium: 741mgIron: 19mg

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  1. Lindsay Dunn says

    5 stars
    This bread was fantastic! I served it with a bowl and vegetable soup. I may try it with the seltzer water, as I don’t always have beer on hand. 5 stars, for sure!!!!

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