Easy Beer Bread recipe ~ no yeast, no rise, no kneading – no kidding! Easy, delicious hearty homemade bread recipe with just 6 simple ingredients.
The first time tasted Beer Bread was a box mix from one of those home parties that sells all sorts of food kits and kitchen gadgets to make our lives easier. It was delicious but man are those kits expensive – plus you add your own beer!
At the time I couldn’t imagine making this delicious bread at home. Surely the kit has some kind of magic in it. Wrong. This bread is simple to make without kneading or rising, every bit as tasty as the kit and pennies per slice. Let’s make bread.
You don’t have to be a beer drinker to love this bread. I’m not and I enjoyed every last slice of it – especially toasted for breakfast.
It’s incredibly easy to make with just a few household ingredients and goes with a lot of different meals – especially the comfort food we’re getting into right now.
Beer Bread Tips:
This recipe creates a hearty bread with a lightly crunchy crust. For a softer crust, just add the melted butter into the batter instead of brushing it on top.
Be sure to whisk the dry ingredients. Not only does this blend them but it aerates the flour instead of sifting, making the bread less dense.
Mix the batter only until it’s combined without overmixing or it can be too dense.
what beer is best for beer bread?
In short, the best beer for Beer Bread is the kind you like to drink. I’m not a beer drinker so I used a can of LaBatt Blue that happens to be my husband’s favorite.
\what’s in this easy beer bread?
I wrote this recipe using all purpose flour because that’s what I always have on hand. If you happen to have self-rising flour you can use it instead but leave out the baking powder.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
how to make easy beer bread without yeast:
Preheat the oven to 350° then melt the butter and brush about 1 tablespoon of the butter inside an 8″ x 4″ loaf pan (bottom and sides).
Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl then whisk to combine and aerate the flour.
Measure in the honey then slowly add the beer and stir just to combine without overmixing. Pour into the prepared loaf pan then drizzle the remaining melted butter over the top.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool 10 minutes before slicing.
what goes with beer bread?
Pretty much anything goes with this Beer Bread starting with butter and jam along with a cup of coffee for breakfast.
This bread also goes really well with Chili or any kind of hearty soups, like this Minestrone. Because it’s a heartier bread it compliments your favorite comfort meals, including ground beef Salisbury Steak.
how to store beer bread:
Like any bread, it’s best the day it’s baked but any leftovers can be stored at room temp for 2-3 days wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. To refresh the bread, toast slices for breakfast or wrap the loaf in aluminum foil and warm in a 300° oven for 10 minutes.
Here are a few additions to create different flavors of Beer Bread:
Herb bread: 1-2 tablespoons of dry herbs, like rosemary or basil.
Garlic bread: 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1-2 cloves of grated garlic
Italian style: 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes and 2-3 tablespoons of pesto
Focaccia bread: drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil onto a large baking sheet then flatten the batter onto it. Use your fingers to poke deep dents all over the dough then drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil onto the dough. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary and sea salt then bake 15-18 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve warm.
Cheesy jalapeno: add about 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup finely chopped pickled jalapenos.
other bread recipes on the blog:
Strawberry Bread with cream cheese glaze
If you tried this Easy Beer Bread recipe or any other on the blog then I hope you’ll leave a comment and some stars!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt sea salt used
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 12 ounce beer Labatt used - or your favorite!
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 350° then melt the butter and brush about 1 tablespoon of the butter inside the 8″ x 4″ loaf pan.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl then whisk to combine and aerate the flour.
- Measure in the honey then slowly add the beer and stir just to combine without overmixing. Pour into the prepared loaf pan then drizzle the remaining melted butter over the top.
- Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool 10 minutes before slicing.