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Beer Bread Recipe: Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

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Golden brown beer bread, fresh out of the oven, with a crunchy outer crust, soft inside and lovely golden brown color.

Golden brown beer bread, fresh out of the oven, with a crunchy outer crust, soft inside and lovely golden brown color.

Homemade Beer Bread Recipe

My family, especially my husband and son, love bread of any type. They especially love beer bread, because although I'm not a much of a bread baker or even a bread eater, beer bread is one bread that I make from scratch.

I enjoy making beer bread over other breads because beer bread is so quick and easy. There is no special equipment required, no yeast needed, no kneading to be done, or rising to wait on. You simply mix a small list of ingredients together and pop the pan in the oven. This particular recipe is even easier to make than most beer breads, thanks to the use of self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour.

I used to purchase little packets of dry beer bread mix from a friend who sells the Tastefully Simple line of cooking and baking products. These little packets were my first exposure to making beer bread. With the packets, all I had to do was add a beer and a half-stick of butter. The bread was delicious but quite pricey. The packets ran about $4 or $5 each, which isn't crazy expensive. However, now that I know how easy and incredibly inexpensive it is to make up my own mix, I'll never waste money on the packets again.

If you need an easy but inexpensive gift, perhaps for teachers or neighbors at Christmas, making up your own packets and giving them as gifts is easy to do and doesn't cost much. I can guarantee that the resulting bread is appreciated by the recipient!

You can use any type of beer in this recipe. It's fun to experiment with different beers to see which you prefer. We tend to drink dark beer most often at our house, so I often used dark beer in the bread. It gives it a rich flavor. If you end up with a few beers left in your fridge by your fun-but-cheap friends—meaning, some type of beer you don't really like—beer bread is a great way to use that beer up and not let it go to waste. The bread will be delicious no matter what type of beer you use.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) beer, any type
  • 1/2 stick real butter, (1/4 cup)
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Lightly grease (or spray with cooking spray) a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  3. Stir together self-rising flour and brown sugar so that they are evenly combined.
  4. Add entire can or bottle of beer and stir just until moistened. Over-mixing can make the baked bread tough. Less stirring equals lighter, fluffier bread.
  5. Turn dough into greased loaf pan.
  6. Place butter in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave butter at approximately 30% for 2-3 minutes to completely melt it. Pour melted butter over top of dough.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Test center by inserting a toothpick into thickest point at the top of the bread. Remove the toothpick; if it has dough clinging to it, bake 10 more minutes and test again. If the toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs clinging to it, the bread is ready.
  8. Allow bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen, then turn loaf out onto a cutting board. Slice and enjoy.

Don't Have Self-Rising Flour?

If you do not have self-rising flour, you can still whip this bread up in a snap. Substitute the same amount (3 cups) of all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, then simply add in 4 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Add brown sugar, beer, and butter as directed below.

Bread Variations

  • Substitute whole wheat flour for one or more cups of the self-rising flour. For every cup of self-rising whole wheat or all-purpose flour that you use, add in 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Stir 1 cup of grated cheddar or jack cheese and 1/2 cup sliced jalapenos in with the dry ingredients.
  • Mix 1 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 1/2 packet of dry Italian dressing mix in with the dry ingredients.
  • Stir 1/2 cup sliced olives, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon dried rosemary into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix 1 cup of pecans and 1 cup chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients and substitute 12 ounces of cream soda for the beer.
  • Substitute 12 ounces of Coca-Cola, Sprite or Dr. Pepper in place of the beer.
  • For an extra touch sweetness, increase the brown sugar to 1/2 cup.

Serving Suggestions

This bread is wonderful to dip into hearty soups and stews such as this Smoked Chicken Chowder.

Slice it for sandwiches, or spread it with butter and cinnamon sugar for a delicious breakfast with coffee or tea.

Gift Giving

If you need an easy but inexpensive gift, perhaps for teachers or neighbors at Christmas, making up your own packets and giving them as gifts is easy to do and doesn't cost much. I can guarantee that the resulting bread is appreciated by the recipient!

Combine the dry ingredients and place them in a quart-sized zipper bag or in a quart-sized canning jar. Wrap the bag or jar in festive cellophane, tissue or ribbon and attach a card with instructions on how to mix and bake the bread. If you like, you can place the bag or jar of dry mix in a basket with a bottle of beer.

Did You Make This Recipe for Beer Bread? If So, Please Let Me Know How You Liked It.

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