How to Make Beer Bread

Two Methods:Making a Basic Beer BreadBeer Bread Variations

Beer bread is an easy bread that requires no kneading or rising. It pairs well with chili or stew, and can be whipped up in a couple of minutes. You can learn to make the basic recipe, and several ideas for adding mix-ins and additions, depending on what you have.

Method 1
Making a Basic Beer Bread

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    Get the necessary ingredients. A basic beer bread is just a bottle of beer plus a couple of normal ingredients you've already got in your pantry. Any kind of flour, from whole wheat, to self-rising white is fine to use. Cheap beer and expensive beer also work perfectly well. Use a lighter beer if you're not a big beer fan, and a darker beer if you want more flavor. All in all, you'll need the following ingredients to make beer bread:
    • 2 ¾ cups baking flour
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1-2 tsp. dried green herbs (optional)
    • 1 12 oz. can or bottle of beer
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    Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Into the bowl, measure out the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and any green herbs you'd like to add to the mixture. A small sprinkling of thyme, oregano, and dill work nicely, but you can also leave them out if you'd prefer.
    • Mix the dry ingredients gently using a wooden spoon, and set the bowl aside.
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    Pour in the beer. Once you've got the dry ingredients measured out, pour in the beer slowly, being careful to avoid too much fizzing up. Pour with one hand and mix gently with the other hand, adding the entire bottle of beer.
    • Both warm and cold beer work perfectly fine for this recipe.
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    Mix until just moist and all the flour is absorbed. Continue stirring the mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl to avoid any dry spots. Keep mixing until the flour is absorbed into the wet beer and everything starts to look uniform.
    • It should be a little lumpy-looking, not quite as thin as pancake batter, and about the consistency of corn-bread mix.
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    Spoon the dough into greased loaf pan. Beer bread is best in a loaf pan. Use about a half tablespoon of butter to thoroughly grease the bottom and sides of the loaf pan, so it won't stick, then spoon the mixture in and flatten the top with the spoon.
    • You can also use olive oil, canola oil, or any other kind of cooking oil you want.
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    Bake at 375ºF for 40 to 50 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375 and pop it in. Check on it periodically, to make sure its baking evenly and consistently, turning it around if necessary.
    • Remove the bread when the edges are golden brown, or crisp looking. Check using a knife or a toothpick in the middle. If it comes back without any wet dough on it, it's done.

Method 2
Beer Bread Variations

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    Use different kinds of beer. Whatever kind of beer you use will impart a subtle yeasty flavor in the bread. Experiment some with different styles and brands to see what you like best in your bread. While fruity or flavored beers might be a little funky in a bread recipe, it's fine to use any beer you like to drink, or whatever's in the fridge.
    • Light pilsners, like most domestic Budweiser and Coors, are good for beer bread because they're cheap and easy to find. They don't leave much flavor, but some subtle yeastiness, making them great to use if you've got any laying around.
    • Wheat beers, like Blue Moon, are already quite bread-like to begin with, making them a great addition to a beer bread recipe.
    • Dark beers, like brown ales, porters, and stouts will leave a sweet nuttiness in the bread that a lot of people like. It'll also make the bread darker.
    • The baking process burns off any traces of alcohol from the beer, but leaves some of the flavor from the malts, sugars, and yeasts in the beer, making this treat a perfect side for people of all ages. No worries about feeding beer bread to youngsters.
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    Add about a cup of grated cheese. Beer and cheese? Yes please. This bread was made to have cheese added to it. Hard or soft, any cheese you like to eat can be a good mix-in for this particular recipe. Experiment to see what you like, and grate or crumble the cheese of your choice into the dough before adding it. Here are some good ideas:
    • Sharp cheddar
    • Pepper jack
    • Gouda
    • Crumbled blue cheese
    • Grated parmesan
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    Add some chopped vegetables. If you want some more substance in your beer bread, adding about a half cupped of finely chopped raw vegetable with help to lift the bread and make it a little more interesting. Any combination of the following ingredients can be great mix-ins for beer bread:
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Chopped green chile
    • Grated carrot
    • Grated zucchini
    • Diced bell pepper
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    Add some seeds on top. Before you put the bread into the oven, try the following technique: Brush some melted butter on top of the bread, and sprinkle the top liberally with any of the following seeds:
    • Poppy seeds
    • Caraway seeds
    • Mustard seeds
    • Sesame seeds
    • Toasted cardamom and cumin seeds
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    Make it in the skillet. Don't have a loaf pan? No problem! Pop a cast iron skillet into the oven while your oven preheats, and pop a pat of butter in to grease it. Pour it in when its hot to create a crisp, even crust across the bread, then finish it in the oven for 20-30 minutes.[1]


  • For a super-easy variation, use only these ingredients: 3 cups self-rising flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and a 12-ounce can of beer. All other steps are the same.
  • Try experimenting with different herbs.
  • Add chopped onions or garlic for a flavor variation.
  • Cold beer seems to work best.
  • This goes well with chili or stew. It is a great alternative to biscuits.

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