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Easy Beer Bread Recipe

Course: Bread, bread/side dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 256kcal
This Easy Beer Bread is such a simple homemade bread recipe. It's made with just 5 ingredients and it's delicious! Subtly sweet, perfect anytime, especially straight out of the oven.
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  • 3 cups self-rising flour see *Note
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 12-ounce bottle mild beer (I used Blue Moon Honey Wheat)
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) salted butter, melted


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. Slowly stir in the beer and mix, with a wooden spoon, until almost smooth.
  • Transfer dough to the loaf pan, and bake at 350°F about 20 minutes. Brush melted butter over the top of the bread and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The top should be golden brown.
  • Set pan on a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and return to the cooling rack to completely cool.
  • Enjoy!



Adapted slightly from Cook’s Country
Yield: 1 loaf
*Note: If self-rising flour isn’t available, add 1½ teaspoon baking powder and ¾ teaspoon table salt to 3 cups all-purpose flour.
Honey Beer Bread: Use 1 tablespoon sugar and add 1/3 cup honey along with the beer.
Cheese Beer Bread: add 1 cup shredded cheese along with the flour.
Non-alcoholic Bread: Substitute 7-up for the beer.
Cinnamon-Swirl Beer Bread: Swirl cinnamon/brown sugar mixture throughout the loaf.
Herb Beer Bread: Add 2teaspoons Herbes de Provence or your favorite herb to the flour.
Too many variations to list – just have fun and experiment with different flavors.
Using more flavorful beers and ales — say, Sam Adams, will have more flavor and dark beers even more. 
You can use a toothpick to gauge if the bread is done. If you pull out a toothpick cleanly, the bread is done.
If you’re not comfortable using a toothpick to determine if the bread is done, a more definitive test is using an instant read thermometer — it should read about 200º F.
Serve with pasta, soups, stews, with in dips or even on its own!


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg