Quick bread, as the name suggests, is much simpler, but no less delicious – and beer bread is particularly hearty and easy to prepare, no yeast (except what is already in the beer) and no kneading required.
A simple beer bread only requires four ingredients and a bowl. It comes together at lightning speed, although baking takes about an hour, then some time to cool down. As a blank canvas, it is beautiful in itself: tender inside and crispy outside, thanks to the beer yeastly complex.
However, you can add other flavor enhancers that you can imagine, and you can use different types of beer to change the base notes as well. Light pilsner are ideal for mild bread that goes with almost anything, but you can try trading in an IPA or brown ale, stout, or porter to get it darker, or even pumpkin beer in season. Sour beer goes well with fruit:
Ingredients for a basic bread beer bread
- 3 cups of self-rising flour *
- 12 ounces (1 bottle or can) of beer, preferably at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled
- 1 to 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar (you can increase this to a quarter or even half a cup if you like something sweeter)
* If you don't have self-rising flour, you can use 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 tablespoon Add baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. Whisk these in the bowl before adding the other ingredients. If you have flour rising yourself, make sure that it hasn't expired or your bread is too dense.
How to Make Beer Bread
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (if your bread is hot you can drop it down to 350). Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with butter, shortening, or cooking spray.
- Mix the flour, sugar, beer and 3 tablespoons of the melted butter in a medium-sized bowl until they are just combined. The dough will be thick, sticky and a little lumpy. (Using beer at room temperature and slightly cooled melted butter reduces the likelihood of pieces of butter forming, but don't worry and don't mix too much.) Carefully pour the batter into the prepared pan . If necessary, smooth it out with a spatula and pour or brush the remaining tablespoon of melted butter over it.
- Bake on a wire rack in the middle of the oven for 40 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the top is golden brown. (If the top browns too quickly, camp a piece of foil over the pan as it continues to bake.)
- Cool the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan Pan To loosen the bread, twist it out and let it cool on the rack for another 30 minutes before slicing it. If you try to cut while it's still too hot, it can crumble. You can store it at room temperature for a few days, pack it well, or freeze it for a few months.
Add-Ins: Mix in any add-ins – grated cheese (up to 1 cup), fresh or dried herbs, diced jalapenos and corn, crumbled boiled bacon, various spices. Chunkier additives can extend the cooking time somewhat, and you don't want to overload your bread with mix-ins, but want to use and replace a recipe as a proportion aid.
Muffins: Pour the dough into lined muffin tins or cupcake pans, if you prefer, fill each cup about 2/3 full; brush the top of each with some melted butter; and start checking for brandy after 20 minutes.
Gluten-free: Gluten-free beer breads are generally somewhat more complicated (and often contain eggs). Therefore, it is best to look for certain recipes for you. However, you can try replacing gluten-free flour (plus 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum if your flour doesn't already contain it to improve texture), 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of salt for the self-rising flour. and of course a gluten-free beer.
Vegan: Replace the butter with melted earth balance or another vegan spread, coconut oil, or other vegetable fat of your choice.
Refined sugar-free: Simply omit the white sugar completely or replace it with honey, agave or liquid stevia.
How To Eat Beer Bread
It may seem obvious, but some of our favorite methods are:
Other Beer Bread Recipes
Check out some basic recipe riffs below, including some sweet twists, and follow one like it or use it as inspiration for your own creation.
Jalapeno beer corn bread
Chowhound uses Pilsner in the batter for this beer corn bread enriched with jalapeños, but you can also try a Pale Ale or IPA that is not too bitter. Get the Jalapeno beer corn bread recipe. (Or try this loaded jalapeno popper beer bread recipe that adds cream cheese and bacon to the mix.)
Guinness beer bread
A darker stout makes for a nuttier, full-bodied loaf, and oats are added to another good one . Serve this Guinness beer bread recipe with beef stew or a hearty soup.
Rosemary Cheddar Pumpkin Beer Bread
Pumpkin Bread is often sweet (and sweet Pumpkin Beer Bread is a fantastic autumn treat), but this recipe is tasty thanks to Cheddar Cheese, Rosemary and Pumpkin Seeds. The sugar is exchanged for maple syrup to achieve a touch of sweetness and an even more autumn taste. The pumpkin puree gives color and moisture to an earthy, sweet taste. Get the recipe for rosemary cheddar pumpkin beer bread.
A bowl of chocolate beer and peanut butter bread
If you are a fan of beer desserts, this "bread" is really cake (just like banana bread should be technically classified as such) and there is nothing wrong with that. There's also nothing we don't love about this dessert – it also makes a great snack or maybe even breakfast. It is made in a bowl, combines chocolate chips and peanut butter and contains roasted stout or porter. Get the recipe for a bowl of chocolate chip beer and peanut butter bread.
Maui Chocolate Coconut Porter Beer Bread
Any chocolate stout or porter would go well with this sweet beer bread, but if you find the Maui Brewing Company's CoCoNut Porter (or other coconut-enriched beer) is the cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, Kona coffee and coconut flakes in the decadent dough are particularly suitable. Get the Maui Chocolate Coconut Porter Beer Bread Recipe.
Cream Ale Soda Bread
Beer bread is not always made in a loaf pan – take this round of soda bread, for example. The sweet cream ale in the batter complements the vanilla and raisins. Think of it as a kind of large scone and make it for breakfast or afternoon tea. You don't have to wait for the next St. Patrick's Day. Get the recipe for cream ale soda bread.
Fluffy beer biscuits
Beer bread can even be offered as biscuits. As with beer loaves, you can experiment with different types of beer and play around with mix-ins – but if you have Trader Joe's everything on hand except the bagel sesame spice, why not sprinkle something over it? Get the recipe for fluffy beer biscuits.