This simple beer bread is easy to make and doesn’t require kneading or yeast, thanks to the beer. The beer flavor in the finished bread is hardly noticeable and the alcohol is cooked out, so it’s safe to eat!
I’ve never been a fan of beer. When I was a younger, my dad ordered a beer with his dinner at a restaurant. It came out bubbly and looked intriguing, so I asked him how it tasted. He tried describing it and the puzzled look on my face convinced him to just let me have a little taste to see for myself.
It was pungent, bitter, and disgusting…that’s all I needed to vow NEVER to drink beer EVER again!
To this day, I still don’t understand what people find appealing about it. It’s just not tasty! At least, in my opinion.
If you’re anything like me, then the thought of beer flavored food doesn’t really sound appealing. That’s why when I say this bread doesn’t taste like beer, you can believe it! It’s almost like using coffee to flavor chocolate cake. Even if you don’t care for coffee, you can’t really taste it in the final product. It just enhances the chocolate.
It’s similar in this case, although the yeast in the beer is what gives rise to the bread. That’s why this bread doesn’t call for additional yeast in the recipe. It doesn’t need to be kneaded either! Just stir it together, pour it in the pan, and bake! Easiest bread ever!
If you’re worried about the alcohol, just know that most of it evaporates as it bakes, so it’s safe to eat. However, if it still bothers you, just use plain seltzer water in lieu of the beer. 🙂
This bread is perfect when you want homemade bread in less than an hour or if you need a quick side to go with dinner! Feel free to add herbs, minced garlic, or shredded cheese to add even more flavor! You can even make quick “rolls” by dividing the batter into muffin cups and baking 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour* (spooned into measuring cup and leveled off)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons honey or sugar (use more or less to taste)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
- 1 12oz. bottle (1½ cups) beer of choice** (can also use plain seltzer water)
- 1–2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing on baked bread (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 8.5"x4.5" or 9"x5" loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add honey/sugar, oil, and beer, stirring just until combined. Make sure you measure flour correctly (fluff flour, then spoon flour into measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife) so your bread doesn't turn out hard and dry.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick/knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for a few minutes before turning the loaf out onto a rack to cool completely. Bread slices better when fully cooled.
**I used Stella Artois, but any beer will work. Light colored beers leave less of a "beer" flavor in the finished bread.