Homemade beer bread is so easy to make and a perfect accompaniment to stew, soup, chili and more. It is also perfect on it’s own with just a schmear of butter!
Beer bread is such a delicious quick and easy way to make bread. It only takes a few ingredients and you likely have them in you pantry already.
You can even mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them in a jar or plastic bag in the pantry. Then all you have to do is add the beer and bake the bread when you are ready.
A jar of mix with a cute tag describing baking instructions makes a fun gift as well. Making your own like this is so much more economical than buying a similar mix in a gourmet kitchen store.
The bread batter only takes a minute or two to put together. Then it bakes to golden perfection.
The inside is soft and delicious. The crust has a slight crunch and the butter makes the top extra flavorful.
We love serving it with a bowl of soup. This most recent loaf was enjoyed with a bowl of slow cooker pulled pork chili.
Of course a slice with some butter (and possibly honey) is fabulous on its own as well. Whip some up at a moment’s notice.
The history of the recipe
This is one of the original recipes that was sent it when I put out that initial call for recipes from family and friends way back when. Who would have guessed that a quick email like that would have resulted in a blog that is still going strong almost three years later?!
It has been a wild ride to say the least. A lot of those early recipes that are the real reason why this blog is here are in need of some updating.
I hope to work my way back through them as time allows. When I made the apple pumpkin chili, I knew this beer bread with a hard cider twist would be a perfect side and I was right!
My husband’s Aunt Dori said that beer bread is a favorite of guests at her house. I have had beer bread before, always made with a lager.
In fact it was usually made from whatever beer your friends brought over and left behind. You know, the one you won’t drink but you could make bread out of!
But Dori had a few suggestions, and none of them were that. She said that dark crafty beers were really good.
I had always wondered about that, but had been afraid to try it. She also said that Mark’s nieces went crazy over a loaf made with hard cider.
Hard cider?! In beer bread?!
Now you have my attention. I have to try that!
So, I put that theory to the test and made a loaf to go with our pulled pork chili for dinner. You know what? It is really good!
Beer bread is a little sweet anyway, so the apple really goes well in the recipe. We paired the bread with some spicy black bean soup and the sweet was a really nice balance to the heat.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kinds of beer should you use in beer bread?
Ales, lagers and porters are all good. Hard cider makes a really tasty beer bread as well!
Should beer be warm or cold for beer bread?
You can use warm temperature or cold beer for beer bread, both work really well.
How do you store beer bread?
Beer bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze the loaf or any remaining slices for up to 3 months.
Gifting beer bread mix
For a fun gift, mix together the dry ingredients and put in a quart jar. Add a tag that includes the baking directions.
If you want, you can even include a can or bottle of beer as well. Then all the recipient has to do is pour it in, stir it up and bake it.
Or whip up a few sets of the mix for yourself and store them in the pantry. Then you can bake a loaf of beer bread with no measuring required!
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- 3 cups flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 oz room temperature beer or hard cider
- 1 Tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix all ingredients except the butter in a bowl.
- Pour into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan
- Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes
- Brush top of loaf with butter and return to oven for at least 10 more minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.