Easy Beer Bread

Nothing beats homemade bread. The smells that fill your kitchen as the bread is baking all the way down to cutting your first slice and eating a piece of warm, chewy, freshly baked bread- it's something special, that's for sure. But homemade bread can be a task and a half. Most breads call for yeast, which usually means that the recipe will be an all day process. Rising, kneading, rising some more, and baking. While the end results make this process totally worth it, most of us don't have an afternoon to dedicate to making a loaf of bread.


Thankfully there are some recipes out there that cut out all of the time consuming steps. A few months ago I shared a delicious and easy homemade Buttermilk Oat Loaf recipe, and now I'm sharing with y'all another recipe that is even easier, if you can believe it. This Easy Beer Bread recipe is mixed and ready for the oven in less than 5 minutes. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, mix until incorporated, bake for about 50 minutes, and you have yourself freshly made bread. FRESH BREAD IN UNDER AN HOUR and no kneading or rising required. You can't beat that.


On top of how easy this recipe is, the end results are delectable. Because this recipe calls for beer, it tastes similar to yeast breads that take all day to make. Everyone will think you slaved away in the kitchen when they try a slice of this bread. And I fully support not disclosing the recipe to them and letting them dote on you for being such a great bread maker and spending your precious time in the kitchen-it'll be our little secret. So, go ahead and grab the ingredients and a mixing bowl and make a loaf of this bread. And feel free to stop by in an hour and let me know if this is now your favorite bread recipe.


Easy Beer Bread (adapted from The Happier Homemaker)
(1 loaf, 8-10 servings)

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted*
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
12 ounces beer (any kind)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a standard loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, measure flour by spooning it into a measuring cup, leveling it off, and then sifting (this step is crucial in achieving a light, tender, and soft loaf). Add baking powder, sugar, and salt to sifted flour and whisk ingredients together. Pour in beer and melted butter. Mix until ingredients are fully incorporated, careful not to over mix.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes, or until bread is fully cooked. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

*If you have self-rising flour, use 3 cups of self-rising flour and eliminate the baking powder and salt.

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Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 186.3
Total Fat: 4.6 g
Cholesterol: 12.4 mg
Sodium: 58.8 mg
Total Carbs: 30.8 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Sugars: 3.8 g
Protein: 3.7 g

Pros:
-Very easy recipe for homemade bread (no kneading or rising required!)
-Minimal dishes to clean
-Delicious, soft, chewy bread
-Great for sandwiches or served as a side to your dinner
-Can make this healthier by using whole wheat flour and reducing the butter

Cons:
-Best if eaten within a few days (although, if you find yourself with some leftover bread, just pop a piece in the microwave to give it a freshly baked taste)

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20 comments:

  1. I love the smell of bread baking. Looks so good girly. i miss you!!!!

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    1. Miss you too love! We need to catch up soon. Come to DC and I'll make you some bread?! :)

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  2. Baking was my foray into cooking and will alawys be my first love! (I am actually about to bake cookies haha).

    I almost always prefer the taste of yeast breads, but using beer which is already fermented, is a great idea to give non-yeast bread that flavoring!

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    1. I agree! Yeast breads are usually my favorite type of savory bread, but they can be so time consuming! This recipe is the best of both worlds. :)

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  3. OH my goodness, my mouth is seriously watering. I've been really into making bread lately (I made pumpkin cream cheese bread earlier this week), but I'm adding this one to my list to make next!

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    1. Caitlin, I think I know exactly which recipe you are talking about. It has been all over Pinterest. I've been wanting to make it for the longest time and still haven't! How was it?! If you aren't tired of bread yet, you should give this recipe a try. :)

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  4. This looks incredibly simple! No excuses for making bread from scratch now :)

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    1. Haha exactly! And it tastes so much better than store bought bread. :)

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  5. The only thing better than homemade bread is EASY TO MAKE homemade bread! Oh, and don't worry, this would only last one meal at my house :)

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    1. Rachel, you are going to lovvve this recipe! It couldn't be easier or more delicious. And its great by itself or served with dinner. Hard to beat it!

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    2. Thank you for sharing this recipe at Wicked Good Wednesdays, Elaine!

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  6. Oh I really want some, i pinned this and I am making this real soon, thanks for posting

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Angela! Let me know how you like it once you make it. :)

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  7. homemade beer bread...and a list of ingredients I can handle for bread! lovin' this.

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    1. It's a great and easy recipe! Thanks for stopping by Angela!

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  8. Elaine, you're right, nothing beats homemade bread! This looks great! Thanks so much for bringing it to Wicked Good Wednesdays! Now I'm really craving a slice!

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    1. Thanks for hosting Wicked Good Wednesdays, Lynne!

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  9. Awesome recipe! Do you know if it will make a difference in the taste/texture if you use dark vs. light beer? Thanks again...

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    1. It shouldn't make a difference in the texture, but it definitely will affect the taste. Darker beers will make a bread with richer, deeper molasses flavors. I tend to prefer light beers when making beer bread, but you can definitely experiment! Let me know if you try any dark beers. :)

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  10. I've made this three times already, delicious!!!

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