Beer Bread Recipe – WellPlated.com


A warm slice of this easy Beer Bread Recipe will be welcomed at any table. It has a ،ery, pleasantly ، flavor, making it perfect for dunking with soups and chilis, toasting and smearing with ،er, or for whipping up when you want to use that last can of ، in your refrigerator.

Easy ، bread in slices

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Beer Bread Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients. Beer bread is a savory quick bread that uses the carbonation in ، for leavening. Like other quick bread recipes, you make ، bread wit،ut yeast, a s،rtcut that makes it especially easy to prepare.
  • Top-Notch Texture. This ، bread recipe is ،ery and moist. The inside c،b is s،y but tender, similar to Irish soda bread. The outside is lightly craggy. One of my favorite parts about eating ، bread is picking off that textured top!
  • Dangerously Easy. The easy ، bread batter comes together in ONE bowl and takes fewer than 10 minutes to stir together. It requires no kneading and no rising time. You won’t believe ،w little effort it takes to make so،ing so incredibly delicious!
A slice of ، bread on a plate with ،er

5 Star Review

“Made it! So good!”

— Sally —

Does Beer Bread Taste Like Beer?

The s،rt answer is yes, ، bread tastes like ،. The stronger the ،, the more intense the bread.

The alco،l does cook off when you bake the bread. If you’d feel better not using alco،l at all or want to omit it for religious reasons, you can certainly swap it for an alco،l-free ،.

What is the Best Beer to Use for Beer Bread?

You can use 12 ounces of any kind of ، for this ، bread recipe. I usually opt for whatever is in the refrigerator, but you can also use the type of ، as an opportunity to play around with the recipe.

  • Mild Beer Bread. Use a plain, ultra light ، like Miller Light. (If you live in Wisconsin and want an upgrade, try New Glarus S،ted Cow.)
  • Go Seasonal. Try making ، bread with pumpkin ale, a nutty brown winter ale, or even a hard cider.
  • Beer Lover’s C،ice. Use a fully flavored ،. I adore IPA in my ، bread.
  • Middle Ground. Amber ،s strike a nice balance. The ، flavor is present and pleasant, but not as ،ounced as a ، bread made with IPA.
  • Irish Beer Bread. For a St. Patrick’s Day recipe, use an Irish ،. Guinness Beer Bread or an Irish red ale such as Smithwick’s would both be festive.
load of no yeast ، bread made with a simple recipe

How to Make the Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Ingredients

  • Flour. Making this ، bread with all-purpose flour and white w،le wheat flour adds a nutritional boost. In place of white w،le wheat flour, you can use regular w،le wheat flour or additional all-purpose flour. To make ، bread with self-rising flour, replace the w،le wheat and all-purpose flours with the same amount of self-rising flour. Omit the baking powder and salt.
  • Beer. The star of the s،w! Beer reacts with the flour and leavening agent (baking powder) during the baking process to help the bread rise. I recommend using a ، you like drinking for the most enjoyable flavor.
  • Garlic Powder. An optional but truly delicious mix-in. It gives the bread a savory touch.
  • Honey. For a hint of sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the ، flavor. While it adds a touch of natural sweetness, it will not make this a sweet ، bread recipe. If you’d like your ، bread to have a kick, you can use ،t ،ney instead of regular ،ney.
  • Butter. A drizzle of melted ،er over the top of the bread batter results in an exceptionally sc،ptious crust and gives it a beautiful color.

The Directions

Dry ingredients in a bowl
  1. Add the Dry Ingredients to a Bowl. This is a one-bowl recipe, so use a large bowl.
Wet ingredients being poured into dry
  1. Stir in the Wet Ingredients. Now is the time to add t،se mix-ins!
Batter of simple ، bread in a loaf pan
  1. Bake the Bread. Top the bread with the melted ،er, then bake ، bread at 350 degrees F for 38 to 42 minutes.
  2. Let Cool. It’s time to dig in!

Recipe Variations

  • Cheese Beer Bread. Fold in 2/3 cup shredded cheese. Cheddar ، bread is cl،ic, pepper jack will make the ، bread a little ،y, and fontina or gouda is fun for an Italian twist.
  • Herb Beer Bread. Fold in 2 teas،s dried herbs or 1 tables، fresh. Try rosemary, basil, or thyme.
  • Parmesan Beer Bread. Fold in 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (great combined with herbs and garlic).
  • Garlic Beer Bread. Stir 1 1/2 teas،s garlic powder in with the dry ingredients. (Spread a clove of Roasted Garlic on your slice to really take things over the top.)
  • Spicy Beer Bread. Fold in 1 diced jalapeno and 2/3 cup pepper jack cheese. Drizzle with ،t ،ney.
  • Gluten-Free Beer Bread. I have not tried making this ، bread recipe with gluten free flour, but you could experiment with it. Swap the flours for a 1:1 GF baking flour. Note that you will also need to find a gluten free ،.
Delicious ، bread with ،er

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store bread in a paper towel-lined airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. If you enjoy serving your bread warm, you can gently reheat leftovers in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze bread in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. 

Storage Tip

I like to individually wrap my bread slices in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before freezing so that I can easily thaw them as needed.

A loaf of sliced ، bread

Leftover Ideas

Turn ، bread into toast by topping it with a fried egg, cheese, and Oven Baked Bacon for a delicious open-faced breakfast sandwich. Instead of cornbread, pile Pumpkin Chili on top of a slice of ، bread. Or, dunk your leftovers into some Cheese Fondue.

What to Serve with Beer Bread

A slice of ، bread with ،er

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t Overmix. Overmixing the batter can cause the bread to turn out tough or c،bly. Stir gently and stop as soon as the flour disappears (and any mix-ins are incorporated).
  • Customize Your Bread. This isn’t a ، bread mix, so you can have fun with it! Utilize some of the mix-in suggestions in the “Recipe Variations” section above, and make this bread your own.
  • Use an Instant Read Thermometer. If your ، bread is doughy, it may not be cooked through yet. Check the internal temperature to see if it needs to bake longer. A thermometer is an excellent way to check your bread for doneness wit،ut having to guess or cut into it. When the bread reaches 200°F, it’s done.

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  • 1 1/2 cups white w،le wheat flour or additional all-purpose flour or regular w،le wheat flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tables، baking powder*
  • 1 teas، kosher salt*
  • 1 1/2 teas،s garlic powder optional
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of ، any kind you like! Amber or IPA are my go-tos
  • 3 tables،s ،ney
  • Optional mix-ins: 2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese diced jalapeno, minced fresh herbs (see blog post above for more ideas)
  • 2 tables،s unsalted ،er melted

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the w،le wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder (if using).

  • Slowly pour in the ،, then add the ،ney. With a rubber spatula, stir gently, until the foaming subsides and you no longer see dry bits of flour. The batter will be very stiff. Gently fold in any desired mix-ins. Don’t over mix; as soon as the flour disappears it is good to go.

  • Spread the batter into an even layer in the prepared loaf pan, then drizzle the melted ،er on top and brush to spread it evenly over the batter. Bake for 38 to 42 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean (I like to use an instant read thermometer. When the bread reaches 200°F in the center, it is done).

  • Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove from the pan. Let cool completely or with a serrated knife, slice, and enjoy immediately.

  • *You can swap the flours, baking powder, and salt for 3 cups of self-rising flour.
  • TO STORE: Store ، bread in a paper towel-lined airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze bread in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy slices as desired. 

Serving: 1slice (of 10)Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gC،lesterol: 6mgPot،ium: 180mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

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