The most buttery, soft, and flavorful bread that is made with only 6 simple ingredients that you likely already have in your home, including a bottle of beer and a whole stick of butter. All you need is 10 minutes to prepare the bread, then bake till the top is golden brown. No rising or yeast needed!
Simply put, beer bread is amazing!! The flavor is incredible and it's insanely moist and buttery. But the best part is that it's so easy to make! Beer and baking soda make the bread rise while it bakes, which means so yeast and no rising required. It can't get any better.
The bread dough mixes up similar to when you're making banana bread. You mix together a few dry ingredients, add in your wet ingredients, and then bake. One difference is that the texture of the beer bread dough is a drier consistency. The dough is wet and shaggy, almost like it requires kneading, but that is not the case! Transfer the dough to your greased bread pan and push it down into the corners. This is a very rustic looking bread, so don't worry about it looking perfect. The final step is adding slices of butter to the top of bread for extra buttery goodness!
- All-purpose flour. I have not tried any other substitutions.
- Baking powder. To help the bread rise.
- Sugar. Just regular granulated sugar to add just a hint of sweetness and balance out the beer. If preferred, you can use ¼ honey.
- Salt. I just use table salt.
- Butter. You will need one stick of butter (½ cup). I always use salted butter when cooking and baking, but you can certainly use unsalted.
- Beer. I like to use an amber, lager or brown ale. The flavor isn't too light or too dark. But, feel free to use whatever you prefer or have on hand!
Tips & Tricks.
What kind of beer should I use? I like to use an amber, lager or brown ale. The flavor isn't too light or too dark. But, feel free to use whatever you prefer or have on hand! I wouldn't be opposed to using a Busch light in a pinch (we always have those in our fridge LOL).
What will the dough look like? The dough will look wet and shaggy, almost like it requires kneading or rising. But, that's not the case! When you transfer the dough from you mixing bowl to the bread pan, press the dough into the bottom of the pan, so that it's in an even layer. Keep in mind that this is a very rustic looking bread, so when you're pressing the dough into the pan, it does not have to look anywhere near perfect.
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Easy Buttery Beer Bread
- 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (spoon and level into measuring cup)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter, room temperature (8 tablespoons)
- 1 12-ounce beer, room temperature (I like to use a brown or amber ale)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a bread pan with 1 tablespoon butter.
- In a small bowl, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Let cool slightly, so it's not hot.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and then the beer. Use a sturdy spoon to mix together until combined.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared bread pan and spread into an even layer. This is a rustic looking bread, so don't worry about it looking perfect.
- In a small bowl, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and pour over the dough.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing. I like to eat the bread with lots of butter and honey!