Easy beer bread. Who doesn’t love quick and easy recipes? I mean that’s my goal in cooking – to find something that doesn’t take much effort to make but is delicious. And this really couldn’t be easier. So what makes beer bread work? Well beer and bread have a common creation process – yeast. If you’ve ever made homemade bread, you’ll know that yeast is a very important ingredient. So the beer simply replaces what the yeast does with bread.
It’s literally six ingredients and you don’t have to wait on yeast to rise like a typical bread, or knead for that matter! It’s pretty much foolproof. What makes it so great however, is the flavor changes based on the type of beer you use. You could use Guinness during St. Patrick’s Day, a pumpkin ale in the fall or a stout in the winter. In general, malty beers are best but I’d suggest trying a few to see what you like best.
For this particular recipe, I used Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. We actually used it to dip in some beer cheese soup, so we got to enjoy two recipes made with beer. What could be better? So if you’ve never tried beer bread, give it a try and it might become your go-to for a quick bread recipe. Enjoy!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 (12 ounce) beer (The type of beer will affect the flavor of the bread)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 tbsp pieces
- Preheat oven to 375F and grease 9x5 loaf pan.
- In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add beer and honey and mix until just combined. Pour into loaf pan. Place sliced butter so it covers the entire bread mixture.
- Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Enjoy!