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!
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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 =)
- Flour – All purpose, white flour. Nothing fancy here.
- Baking Powder – for rise & keeps the bread from being too dense.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
NEED MORE QUICK BREAD RECIPES IN YOUR LIFE? TRY THESE:
- Sweet Basil Beer Bread
- Cinnamon Quick Bread
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread
TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU:
- Mixing Bowls – My favorite mixing bowls with grippy bottoms.
- Wooden Spoons – I’ve had this bamboo set for years.
- 9×5 Loaf Pan – I have non-stick and glass loaf pans.
- Silicone Brush – For brushing on the melted butter. I find the silicone ones easier to clean.
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Lindsay Dunn says
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!!!!
Melissa Williams says
Thank you for reporting back!
Bob Theroux says
Hi Melissa, We made this and it was excellent. Used Blue Moon beer. Thinking about making it again but with Prosecco instead of beer.
Do you think Prosecco would work as good as seltzer?
Love your recipes. 🙂
Melissa Williams says
Thanks Bob! I haven’t tested with prosecco but I feel like it’s bubbly enough to work. Let me know if you end up trying!
Judith Grossenbacher says
Can I use gluten free flour 1/1 in this recipe?
Melissa Williams says
I haven’t tested that to say how it’ll turn out.