Beer Bread – super easy beer bread recipe using baking staple ingredients with NO kneading involved. It’s as easy as mix, dump and bake! Buttery with a slight crust on top and just the right amount of sweetness.
Although I’m not a huge drinker myself (I got a low-alcohol tolerance), I must admit that I love adding alcohol in my baked treats. They certainly has the nice special kick that elevates the flavor and quality of any baked goods like this Rum Cake and Jamaican Easter Spice Bun. But like everything else, there will always be those people who are skeptic on adding alcohol to their recipes.
I was even called out multiple times on how I used beer as a spin-off on a popular and traditional West African snack Puff Puff (see my No Yeast Puff Puff HERE). But hey, if it saves me time and improves the texture of my food, then I’m definitely ON BOARD.
What Does Beer Bread Taste Like?
Beer Bread is one of those bread that you can easily customize the taste to suit your mood. You can have salty, mildly sweet or flavor it according to your favorite seasonal fruits (apple, pumpkin, etc.). For this recipe though, I ended up adding 1/4 cup of sugar for a mildly sweet-flavored beer bread or to simply balance out the bitterness from the beer. It’s also chewy with a thick buttery crust!
The kind of beer that you’ll use will also affect the taste of your bread. If you use the fruity kind of beer, it will lend to a loaf of sweeter, fruity beer bread, whereas if you use the dark ale ones, you’ll have a robust-flavored beer, too. So, I recommend that you use the type of beer that you know and love.
Does Beer Bread Need to Rise?
Beers don’t just amplify the taste of your bread, but it also affects the look of a bread. Technically, adding beer to bread is a substitution for water and yeast. It interacts with the baking powder to give that extra lift and tender textures into your bread and cakes.
Science explains that the addition of beer on sourdoughs or yeasted bread can give more food for the yeast culture to feed on which explains the faster proving time (letting the dough rise) This combination would often result in loaves with an open crumb and large irregular bubbles.
In conclusion, Beer Bread doesn’t need to wait for hours to rise. It’s sort mix, dump and bake kind of bread!
Can Beer Bread Get You Drunk?
You’re going to be fine! A great percentage of the alcohol present in the batter evaporates during the baking process. And if you would like to dig in further on why bread isn’t alcoholic, you can read a “science-y” explanation HERE. But if you really don’t want to consume any traces of alcohol, you can substitute with non-alcoholic beer, however, it could also affect the texture and rise of your bread.
What Goes with Beer Bread?
Soups, stews and chilis go well with Beer Bread which is perfect during this kind of season. It could also be served with meats and barbecues, or anything that usually has cornbread on the side. Or simply slather it with some butter for breakfast or other spreads and dips as a snack or appetizer. See how versatile it is?
For added flavor in this super easy Beer Bread, you may add some shredded cheese, fresh herbs, pickled jalapenos or a few tablespoons of pesto. And don’t forget to use the kind of beer that you really do love!
Watch How To Make It
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
- ⅓ cup butter , melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 9x5x3-inch loaf/bread pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Make a sort of deep well in the middle of the mixture and slowly pour in the beer. Stir until combined. Dough should be a little bit sticky. Then add vanilla extract and combine again.
- Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan and spread it out evenly; making sure every surface is covered.
- Then add the batter to the loaf pan and spread it out evenly. Pour the remaining half of the melted butter on top of the batter.
- Bake it in the 350°F preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until the bread is golden brown on the outside and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
- Serve immediately.
Tips & Notes:
How to Make Beer Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 9x5x3-inch loaf/bread pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Make a sort of deep well in the middle of the mixture
And slowly pour in the beer. Stir until combined. Dough should be a little bit sticky.
Then add vanilla extract and combine again.
Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan and spread it out evenly; making sure every surface is covered. Then add the batter to the loaf pan and spread it out evenly.
Pour the remaining half of the melted butter on top of the batter. Bake it in the 350°F preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until the bread is golden brown on the outside and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Serve immediately