This Easy Beer Bread recipe is so easy - just six ingredients are needed to make a wonderful loaf of homemade bread in just a little over an hour. This beer bread recipe without yeast will result in a soft loaf with a crusty top that is perfect as a dinner side dish.
Be sure to check out our time-saving tips after the recipe. Please note that the alcohol evaporates during the baking process, making this recipe great for bread lovers of all ages.
What is Beer Bread?
This Beer batter bread is made with just a few ingredients and where beer is used instead of yeast as the leavening agent. The result is a delicious buttery bread that is quick to make. People often worry that beer bread is not good for kids, however, the alcohol evaporates in the baking process. This is the perfect no yeast beer bread!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Delicious. This buttery bread is one of those quick bread recipes you will come back to. It is so delicious and you don't have to use yeast packets.
Easy. This beer bread has only six basic ingredients. I have tried recipes with just two or three ingredients, but this recipe uses regular flour so you need to have a little baking powder to help it rise.If you use self-rising flour, you can omit the baking powder.
Cheap. This is so cheap to make so I consider it one of my budget meal ideas. It is the perfect side dish for a bowl of soup or stew or chili.
Just a few simple ingredients are needed.
Flour – My recipe uses all-purpose flour because it is what I usually have on hand. If you like, you can use self-rising flour and leave out the baking powder that is called for in this recipe. You can also use wheat flour if you prefer.
Beer – Use your favorite type of beer. I love using pale ales, and lagers when I make this. You can also use dark beer and dark ales for this recipe. You want to use something with a little body so I would not recommend using any light beer for this recipe. The beer bakes out in this recipe, but you can also use non-alcoholic beer if you wish.
Butter – If you have been here a while, you know that I love using real butter. If you only have margarine, that will work just fine.
Substitutions, Variations and Serving Suggestions
Experiment with different beers. You can try this with a lighter beer, or try a darker beer and see how the flavor of the beer changes it.
Brown Sugar - You can substitute brown sugar for white sugar.
Honey Beer Bread - Substitute the honey for the sugar for a rich flavor twist.
Stout Bread - You can use a stout beer for a darker, richer bread. The bread will have a slightly stronger taste. Try a different kind of beer to see which results in your favorite bread.
How to make Beer Bread
Beer bread is one of the easiest types of bread to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Start with sifted flour and pour your favorite beer into the center of the batter.
Mix gently and the batter will be sticky and lumpy.
Pour into a greased ban and dot the top of the loaf with a tablespoon of butter for a nice golden crust.
Time-saving Tips for this Easy Recipe
You can double this recipe and make two loaves.
Premix the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar and store in airtight containers. You will have beer bread mix all ready to just add a can of beer and a little butter, saving you time to prepare in the future.
Use a bread knife to cut the beer bread. It will make perfectly cut slices with ease.
Absolutely. Once the bread cools, seal the cooled loaves in aluminum foil and place them in a freezer bag. When serving, place the foil-wrapped loaf into the oven at 300° oven for 20 minutes.
Most of the alcohol bakes out during the baking process, so you don't really taste it.
Enjoy this beer bread with a hearty bowl of soup or chili. Or heck, enjoy with a bottle of beer . This is an easy quick bread to make any time of year.
More Easy Bread Recipes
- Ultimate Garlic Bread - Cheesy goodness in a simple recipe that goes well with so many casserole and pasta dishes.
- Easy Golden Corn Bread -this easy Cornbread Recipe from Cornmeal is so easy to make and is delicious! It takes the same time as a mix and tastes so good!
- Classic Zucchini Bread - Made with fresh zucchini for a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
Easy Beer Bread
Easy Beer Bread Recipe without Yeast
- Large Bowl
- loaf pan
- wooden spoon
- Wire Rack
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 12oz can beer
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Pour one can (12 oz) of beer in the center.
- Mix until blended. The batter will be lumpy.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and top with 2 tablespoons in butter.
- Bake in oven 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Crust should be golden brown.
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Oh my - I love the way it looks. It's picture perfect. And I appreciate your tip about the beer baking off! I can totally see Scarlet getting up in arms about that.
hi. sounds good. when do you add the sugar? i do miss things reading so it might be there.
thank you for the recipe.
Hi Jill! Thanks for catching that - it goes with the dry ingredients and I just updated the recipe! Take Care!
Love the texture of this delicious bread!
I can't believe that such a quick and easy recipe makes such a gorgeous bread. Does the beer type alter the flavour at all? Like does Ale beer bread haven't a different flavour than stout or does it all cook out
This is such an easy peasy way to make bread!
I love that this is so easy! I'm not the world's best baker so the less complicated, the better!
I really liked this bread. So easy to make, and a nice change from dinner rolls.
I never tried beer bread. I will definitely do it now. This bread looks fantastic. It's perfect for St Patrick's celebration. I just saved the recipe!
You weren't lying! This is such a buttery bread, so yum, thank you!