Let’s talk about beer bread (um…hello, two of the best words ever! “Beer” and “Bread”).
With the kids heading back to school, my mind is on fall and fall foods! Beer Bread is a great comfort food that goes with soups, chili and stews perfectly…or just eat it by itself!
Disclaimer: there is nothing gluten-free or keto about this recipe. So -no- this is not on the list of things I’ll be eating on a regular basis. But I do LOVE it (a little goes a long way!). I enjoy how easy and fun it is to make and also share.
Beer Bread is one of the simplest, most delicious and also impressive things that you can make in a jiffy (who doesn’t love the “OMG you MADE this?!?” comments?). After several years and many trials, I have found that there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for making amazing beer bread…there are many!
So, I’m giving you the most flexible recipe ever.
The secret is in knowing what you like and going for it! I put together this DIY Create Your Own Beer Bread recipe. You can mix and match ingredients around based on what you’ve got on hand and what sounds good to you.
Suzie Homemaker Tip: Beer bread makes a great gift! Once you have your recipe to where you like it, you can easily mix the dry ingredients and pour them into a cute (large) jar. Make sure to include baking instructions, adorn the jar however you like and -BOOM!- super cute, easy and cost effective house warming, back to school or just-for-fun gift.
The self rising flour is really handy way to go. However, I realize that most people don’t generally keep this ingredient on hand or have a need for a full bag of it. If you fall into this category, no prob! Follow the All-Purpose flour instructions.
Bonus tip: Don’t ever SCOOP flour out of your flour container. Use a large spoon to scoop from the bag/container into your measuring cup. Most recipes are designed to be measured this way so if you find your baking is tasting heavy or too dry, it’s likely because you’re scooping flour and getting much more into your cup than intended (scooping packs it down).
Honey or Sugar are great ways to sweeten beer bread. Where this comes into play is a) how sweet you prefer your breads and b) what kind of beer you are using. Some beers are better with more sweetness and some with less. Play around with it and find what suits your pallet best.
The butter on top of the beer bread is what gives it a nice crunchy, delicious and golden top. Don’t skip it! How much you use is up to you (again). My personal preference is right around 1/3-1/2 cup.
The type of beer you use is up to you, but I would stay away from anything dark or heavy. IPAs and really hoppy beers can take your bread in an awkward direction, so use caution there. The beer is meant to be a subtle undertone and flavor of the bread…not the main event. Personally, I go with a SUPER fancy beer like Busch Light or Michelob Ultra….because that’s just how we roll around here. #farmlife
Play around with it and have a little fun. I apologize in advance if you eat a LOT of beer bread in the process of perfecting your own personal recipe!
- 3 Cups Self Rising Flour OR All Purpose Flour
- 3 tsp Baking Powder (omit if using Self Rising Flour)
- 1 tsp Salt (omit if using Self Rising Flour)
- 1/4 to 3/4 cup Sugar (depending on your taste)
- 12oz Beer of choice
- 1/4 - 3/4 cup melted Butter (depending on your taste)
- Preheat Oven to 375.
- Grease a loaf pan.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- Mix beer into dry ingredients using stand or hand mixer.
- Dump into greased loaf pan.
- Pour melted butter over top.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and cooked throughout.
- Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to slice. Eat hot with a big-ole pat of butter!