When I was a kid, I visited a friend’s house and her mom made Beer Bread. I have never heard of it before. It sounded strange to me. I didn’t think I was able to have any because it was made with beer, but her mom assured me I wouldn’t get in trouble. I mean, I was just a kid – what did I know?
The bread was delicious. I never got the recipe and have tried a few out there but it didn’t match what I had that day. Some were too sweet, or hard, or the beer used overpowered the bread. A lot use self rising flour, but I don’t stock that in my pantry. It’s nothing to add in baking powder and salt to all-purpose flour and get the same results.
After baking many loaves, I finally came up with this recipe. Using brown sugar was the key. This recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness and the crust is crunchy with the interior being tender, dense, and soft. This is a quick bread that requires little effort.
You whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Add in the beer, brown sugar, and half of the melted butter. Don’t like beer? Add in a can of seltzer water instead. Stir it all up and pour into your greased loaf pan. Pour remaining melted butter on top and you won’t believe the crunch it will provide.
Bake for 1 hour.
Turn it out onto a rack to cool.
Slice it up and it’s just awesome.
I love to serve this bread with soup or stew. Enjoy it with anything. Imagine the grilled cheese you can make with this bread? What’s wonderful is that if you are preparing a meal and want fresh bread as an accompaniment, it only takes minutes to mix and put in the oven.
You know what’s funny? When I served it to my kids the first time they asked if it was okay to have it because it was made with beer. I guess it’s really in the genes!
Give this bread a try. No ‘knead’ to fuss. It’s easy!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 12 ounce bottle beer, see Note
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, Stir the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine well.
Add in half of the melted butter, and the beer. Mix until just combined with a spatula. Batter will be lumpy and dense.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and even out with the spatula.
Pour the remaining melted butter on top.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Bread will be bumpy and crusty and delicious.
Some notes about the beer...
I used Samuel Adams Boston Lager which produced a darker bread and the taste of beer was more pronounced.
I used Budweiser and received a lighter bread with a hint of beer.
You can use a beer to your liking, but be aware the the stronger the beer, the darker and stronger the taste.
Don't like beer? Then use a 12 ounce can of sparkling seltzer water and get a great loaf of bread.