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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.

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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