This beer bread recipe is slightly sweet, moist and so delicious! Made with just 6 ingredients, it’s a simple quick loaf that tastes like you've been slaved for hours.
Quick breads like this beer bread require no yeast and are ready in about an hour. Perfect for serving with a steaming hot bowl of vegetable soup, easy 3-ingredient turkey taco soup or chili.
Homemade bread without yeast
When you hear the words "Beer Bread", what comes to mind? Because I do not personally drink beer, I always thought that I would not be able to manage something called Beer Bread. Then my cousin got a bread machine. She spent hours and hours looking for new recipes to try, and beer bread quickly became a household favorite. One bite and I was hooked.
The best part of this recipe is that there is no yeast and no bread maker required. It quickly gathers in a bowl and then bakes for an hour and you have fresh, hot bread to serve with dinner.
How to make beer bread
This beer bread recipe is super easy with just 6 ingredients: flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, beer and melted butter.
- Preparation: Grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or melted butter and preheat the oven.
- Mix. Take a large mixing bowl and mix everything except the melted butter. The dough is made from the first 5 ingredients, poured into the prepared mold and the butter is melted and sprinkled on top, which creates a crunchy crust. For a softer crust, you can mix the melted butter with the dough. Personally I'm a fan of the crunchy texture!
- Cook. It takes about 50 minutes to cook, but with variations in the ovens, you want to check it at 45 minutes or cook for up to an hour. You'll know it's done when the top is golden brown and the sides move away from the pan. The toothpick test is always a gift – just put one in the center of the bread and if all you get is wet crumbs, it's ready!
How does beer bread work?
Beer bread is a simple quick bread recipe that uses beer instead of yeast for leaven. Beer and bread are created when yeast is used to transform sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohol. In the case of bread, a large percentage of alcohol evaporates during baking, but it adds a mild flavor. (source)
Suggestions and variations
Beer bread is great for serving with hearty soups, like beef soup with vegetables or bacon and bean soup. It also makes a delicious snack alone or covered with butter and honey.
For different variations of beer bread, you can add one of the following to customize it:
- Replace the sugar with honey or agave.
- Add 3/4 cup grated cheddar.
- Add a small can of diced green peppers or jalapeños with or without the cheese.
- Use a cider instead of a lager for a slightly sweeter taste.
How to store beer bread
- Store beer bread at room temperature for up to 3 days. Do not refrigerate tightly. I recommend storing the bread on a plate or cutting board and covering it with a cloth.
- After 3 days, freeze the rest of the bread by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap then in aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. Thaw on the counter overnight and allow to return to room temperature before slicing.
- Do not hesitate to reheat your bread in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
More quick bread recipes
We are in the kitchen era of the pantry and what you have. These recipes are just as quick and don't require yeast either. Some are sweet and perfect for enjoying with coffee or for dessert and some are tasty and go very well with hearty meals like Crock Pot Roast and
Tools used in this recipe:
9 inch bread pans: excellent and affordable, and come in a set of two.
Parchment paper – I prefer parchment to aluminum foil; it's just easier to work with and is just as nonstick. In addition, it looks prettier!
Bread Knife – A sharp, serrated bread knife is a kitchen staple, recommended for cutting bread (and tomatoes too!).
Beer bread recipe
This beer bread recipe is a simple and customizable quick bread, slightly sweet, super soft and composed of only 6 ingredients.
Keyword: beer bread
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Total duration: 55 minutes
Servings: 9 slices
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
12 ounces of beer or lager of your choice
4 tablespoons melted and slightly cooled butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper that folds over on two sides (optional, for easy removal).
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Pour the beer and stir with a wooden spoon until it is well combined. Pour the dough into the prepared bread pan and drizzle with melted butter.
Bake bread until golden and firm, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.
Serve with butter and honey for drizzling. (optional)
The nutritional information is approximate and is based on obtaining 9 slices of bread from bread. The actual number of slices may vary depending on the thickness of each slice. Use any type of beer or lager you like. Or use cider for a slightly sweeter flavor.
Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Proteins: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13 mg | Sodium: 178 mg | Potassium: 257 mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 155 IU | Calcium: 96 mg | Iron: 2 mg