With only six ingredients, Beer Bread is an easy way to make delicious homemade bread without yeast. Beer bread pairs perfectly with soups and makes a great appetizer. Tender and flavorful, beer bread will surely become a favorite.
Baking bread doesn’t get much easier than homemade beer bread. With no kneading, no yeast, and no rising time, beer bread delivers an easy quick bread that has a delicious buttery crust.
A delicious way to make bread without yeast, beer bread uses beer to create a fluffy loaf with a soft texture. Flavored with your favorite kind of beer, beer bread is likely to surprise and impress your guests with its tasty flavor, whether they are beer lovers or not!
Beer Bread Ingredients
- Flour - all-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Beer - light in color
- Butter - salted butter
The beer you use in your beer bread recipe will have a significant effect on the loaf you make, which means you can adjust the flavor of this bread based on the type of beer you use. A light-bodied beer will make bread with a lighter flavor compared to a dark beer or stout.
Sifting the flour is the most important part of this whole recipe. The bread will be lighter and airier if sifted, but if not then it will be a denser bread. If you want to add something to your bread for extra flavor, try mixing cheddar cheese into the bread batter before transferring it to the pan.
Check the bread at 50 minutes of cook time. If it is too brown on the top, cover with aluminum foil for the remaining 10 minutes. The top of the loaf will be buttery and crunchy after it’s done cooking. This homemade beer bread recipe will make one loaf, but you could always double or triple it to make more.
How to Make Beer Bread
FIRST STEP: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
SECOND STEP: Butter or spray the inside of a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
THIRD STEP: Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
FOURTH STEP: Pour the beer into the bowl with dry ingredients. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky.
FIFTH STEP: Transfer the bread mixture to the loaf pan. Use a spoon to spread the bread mixture out to the edges while leaving it somewhat uneven on the top to give it a more rustic look when it’s done cooking.
SIXTH STEP: Pour the melted butter over the bread mixture and place it in the preheated oven.
SEVENTH STEP: Cook for 1 hour, uncovered.
EIGHTH STEP: Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
NINTH STEP: Serve with butter, honey, and jam.
What kind of beer should I use?
Choosing a beer is up to your personal preference. Both a dark beer and a lighter beer would work well in this easy recipe. The flavor of the bread will change slightly depending on the beer flavor you choose. Some suggestions are:
Stout - Guinness
IPA (India pale ale) - Harpoon IPA
Lager - Pabst Blue Ribbon
Brown ale - Newcastle
Belgian beer - Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
Sour beer - Oarsman Ale from Bell’s Brewery
Can I freeze beer bread?
This easy no-knead bread recipe can be frozen for up to three months stored in a freezer bag or airtight container.
What size loaf pan should I use?
This bread bakes up beautifully in a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
How to Store Beer Bread
ON THE COUNTER: You can store leftover beer bread at room temperature sealed in plastic wrap for a few days.
IN THE FREEZER: Beer bread can be frozen if you don’t intend to eat it right away. When you freeze beer bread, we recommend that you slice it first. Once you have cut the beer bread up, place baking paper between the slices so they don’t freeze together. The best way to freeze this loaf is to wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a plastic freezer bag to keep it extra fresh.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 12 ounces beer, light in color
- ¼ cup salted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Butter or spray the inside of a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the beer into the bowl with dry ingredients. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky.
- Transfer the bread mixture to the loaf pan. Use a spoon to spread the bread mixture out to the edges while leaving it somewhat uneven on the top to give it a more rustic look when it’s done cooking.
- Pour the melted butter over the bread mixture and place it in the preheated oven.
- Cook for 1 hour, uncovered.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Serve with butter, honey, and jam.