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Beer Bread

Beer Bread is a super simple and quick bread that will become a weeknight favorite to serve alongside all of your hearty fall and winter meals.

Loaf of beer bread sliced on a wooden cutting board, next to a plate of butter

I’m in full on cozy food mode. I’m talking casseroles, soups, chili, and stews – they’re pretty much all I want to make and eat at this time of year. And typically there’s always leftovers for the following day which is definitely a bonus!

When comes to cozy meals like sausage and lentil soup, roasted poblano beef stew and easy chicken chili, I’m a definitely fan of bread as a side.

Whether it’s homemade cornbread, Parker House Rolls, a loaf of crusty bread from the market, or crescent rolls from a tube, these types of meals just need to be paired with some carby goodness.

Today, I’m sharing one of my very favorite recipes for homemade Beer Bread that’s been on My Baking Addiction for years, we just freshened up a bit. It’s simple, delicious and perfect for this time of year!

Slice of beer bread topped with butter, salt and pepper with a bite taken out of it

CLASSIC, EASY BEER BREAD RECIPE

This bread literally takes five minutes to prep and requires only five simple ingredients.

That’s right. FIVE! That’s it!

Self rising flour, salt, sugar, beer, and melted butter are all you need to make this beer bread recipe.

Batter for beer bread in a glass mixing bowl

The sweetness of the bread complements the subtle notes of the beer, but if you aren’t big on slightly sweetened breads, simply cut down the sugar to ¼ cup.

Serve this bread alongside any of your favorite soups, such as Sausage and Lentil Soup, Turkey Noodle Soup, or Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Freshly baked loaf of beer bread in a loaf pan next to a bowl of melted butter

It’s also amazing toasted and spread with some butter and Slow Cooker Apple Butter.

Sliced loaf of beer bread on a wooden cutting board

HOW TO MAKE BEER BREAD

This recipe will make you wonder why you ever purchased a beer bread mix because it’s just as fast and just as tasty.

All you have to do to make this Beer Bread is mix together all of the ingredients except the melted butter.

Slice of beer bread on a wooden board with a smear of butter on the bread

For the beer, I like to use whatever light or medium-bodied beer we have on hand in the fridge. Simply use your favorite!

Once the dough is mixed together – it will be sticky! – pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake.

During the last three minutes of baking, brush the top of the loaf with melted butter. After all, who doesn’t love a beautiful, golden, buttery crust on their bread?

Slices of beer bread on a wooden cutting board

HOW TO JAZZ UP BEER BREAD

This beer bread is a great base recipe and has all kinds of jazzing up potential.

Slices of beer bread on a wooden board next to a plate of butter

Ingredients you could add to this recipe include:

  • Fresh, chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • Shredded cheeses such as cheddar or pepper jack
  • Minced raw garlic
  • Roasted garlic
  • Finely diced jalapenos

Simply add your mix-ins of choice when you stir together the dough and bake as directed.

Whether you enjoy a jalapeno-cheddar version alongside a bowl of classic chili or make it as directed, you will love having a loaf of fresh-made bread ready in an hour.

Buttered beer bread on a wooden board next to a plate of butter

Buttered beer bread on a wooden board next to a plate of butter

Beer Bread

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Beer Bread is a super simple and quick bread that will become a weeknight favorite to serve alongside all of your hearty fall and winter meals.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces beer (I used Bud Light)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Butter an 8x4 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and beer; mix well. The mixture will be sticky. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes.
  3. At the last three minutes of baking, remove from oven, brush the top of the loaf with the melted butter and return to oven for the final three minutes of baking.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 5mgSodium 566mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 3g

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Lana Rosiek

Monday 10th of August 2020

Great recipe!

Jamie

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, Lana! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Brenda

Friday 19th of June 2020

Can I use all purpose flour?

Jamie

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Hello! You'll need to use self-rising flour in this recipe. If you don't have any on hand, you can use this substitute: https://www.mybakingaddiction.com/how-to-make-self-rising-flour/. Hope this helps! Jamie

Diane

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Yummy and easy.

Jamie

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, Diane! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

BETTY SMITH

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

CAN I USE 7UP OR GINGER ALE IN PLACE OF THE BEER?

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Dianna B ird

Friday 17th of April 2020

I made this. super yummy. ages ago husband cancer treatment killed saliva glands. he said usually can't taste but this he could. gave 1/2 loaf to neighbor girls. going to make more in a bit. thank you so much

Jamie

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the bread, Dianna! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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