Beer Bread

Basic Beer Bread (no yeast required!)

Two halves of beer bread loaf posed with two slices

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Lineup of four beers

Something that, at least for a little while, always makes things better for me is homemade carbs. Now, I always despised the thought of baking have never been much of one for baking, as I don’t have much patience for the requisite precision; instead, I generally leave making any baked goods to Katie, as she is better at the whole being precise thing. However, sometime last year, I decided that, whether I like it or not, I really need to at least work on developing an understanding of baking, and so in I dove gently dipped my toes. 

One of my favorite baked goods from growing up was a good old loaf of beer bread. Traditionally during Easter time, there would always be a loaf of beer bread (made with Guinness) and a loaf of Irish soda bread around, courtesy of my Bostonian Irish Catholic roots. Banking on these wonderful memories, it seemed only appropriate that a beer bread be the first thing I work on truly perfecting. 

But then I found myself faced with a serious dilemma – what kind of beer would be optimal to use? What kind of flavor palate am I intending for my beer bread to have? Do I want it to be darker or lighter? Do I… Yeah, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole there. So how did I settle on one beer? 

Easy – I didn’t. I did the next best thing. I opened up our fridge, saw a plethora of saved-up beers sitting on the back of a shelf, and decided to spend the next few months trying as many of them as I could, and oh darn, that meant lots of fresh bread around.

Stand mixer with dough, beer being poured in

So what beers did I try using for making this bread? *deep breath* Here’s my list –

  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Fat Tire Belgian White
  • Fat Tire Amber Ale
  • Corona (yes, I had to… more on this to come)
  • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA
  • Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso

Ultimately, I settled on the Belgian White from Fat Tire, as, to me, it seems to just enhance the delicious flavor and aroma of fresh-baked bread without adding anything that could potentially detract.

Now that we’ve decided on a beer, where do we go? The remainder of this recipe is super easy. The only other ingredients you’re gonna need are flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and butter.

How easy is it to make it? So easy even a monkey somebody who generally dislikes baking can do it without much trouble. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, slowly add the beer, pour the batter/dough into a greased loaf pan, pour some melted butter on top, and bake it in an oven for an hour. 

Once it’s done, cut a nice thick slice, spread some delicious butter on said slice, and enjoy!

Two halves of beer bread loaf posed with two slices

Looking for more bread? Try “Katie Bread,” a perfect basic sandwich bread. Or for another yeast-free recipe with a sweet twist, try Chocolate Chip Soda Bread with Salted Honey Butter!

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Basic Beer Bread

Two halves of beer bread loaf posed with two slices

Beer Bread is a quick bread that requires just over an hour to make, and no yeast! You can tinker with the kind of beer to change the flavor, or you can use whatever you have on hand. Either results in a soft, tasty loaf just waiting to be sliced and covered in melty butter.

  • Author: Robby Burroughs
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour & 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
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Ingredients

3 cups (360 grams) flour*

¼ cup granulated sugar** (or honey! this will of course change the flavor)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

12 ounces beer

¼ cup butter, melted

Instructions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. In a large glass bowl***, combine all of the dry ingredients.

  3. Slowly add in the beer, and mix until the batter is mostly lump-free (about 2-3 minutes).

  4. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan, and then pour the melted butter on top of the batter.

  5. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven, and check for doneness (we use a thermometer to check that the center of the loaf is over 200° F).

  6. Remove loaf from pan as soon as possible, and place on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes.

  7. Enjoy (we recommend slices being slathered with high-quality butter)!

Notes

* While most types of flour will work for this recipe, we liked bread flour best. It creates a bouncier, more bread-like texture.

** This bread comes out slightly sweet. If you would prefer a more savory loaf, cut down or eliminate the sugar.

*** We used our Kitchen-Aid stand mixer {<- affiliate link} with the dough hook, but you could just as easily use a standard glass mixing bowl with either hand mixers or a wooden spoon.

Keywords: beer bread, bread, no yeast, beer



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