Beer Bread Recipe – How to Make Beer Bread


Beer bread is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I don’t know if it’s because the bread is warm, soft, buttered to perfection, or if it’s because my mother often made it. Probably a bit of both. If you’re not a beer fan, no worries. The beer bread has a nice malty and yeasty flavor, it’s light and not at all overpowering or beer-y. It tastes… comforting.

From Bridget Edwards of Bake to 350.

Here’s what you need to make beer bread.

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That’s it! Self-rising flour, a little sugar and a beer (just one, not three). It really is the easiest bread you will ever make.

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Well, I lied. You also need butter to brush the top and sides.

What beer to use? ANY! (I told you beer bread is easy!) I found that the type of beer didn’t matter much. Use a light beer, a stout, a pale ale…that pumpkin beer lurking in the back of your fridge. You can make a few additions to complete a beer style and flavor, but most of that flavor will come from what you’ve added.

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For basic beer bread, you will mix the self-rising flour and the sugar. Pour a bottle of beer.

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The mixture will be frothy. Stir until the foam disappears and all the dry flour is incorporated.

Pour into a cake tin and bake.

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When done, immediately remove from the pan and pour melted butter over the top and brush the sides. Serve hot. This bread is also excellent once cooled for sandwiches and toast!

For variations, I like to keep it simple. This is one of the beauties of beer bread: it can be prepared in the blink of an eye. Scroll down for a recipe of Gruyere and cheddar beer bread. It’s so good with a bowl of soup and makes a great grilled cheese sandwich.

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Because the bread is so soft and chewy, blends like cheese and spices work well here. I’ve toyed with the sweet varieties (are you surprised?), but I prefer plain or savory beer bread. Plus, there are already so many great quick sweet breads, like Brenda’s poppy seed with almondsErica’s Maple Apple Pecan, Banana Pumpkin BreadWhere Lemon Coconut.

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Here are some ideas for additional variations:

  • stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese
  • add 1 tablespoon of spices, such as Italian or Mexican mixes
  • layer of a few tablespoons of prepared pesto
  • add chopped pickled jalapenos

    Keep in mind that adding cheese or pesto can increase the cooking time.

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    Have you made beer bread? What’s your favorite way to devour it?

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