How to Make Beer Bread

November 4, 2014
Are you buying a packaged mix to make beer bread?  Stop!  With just four simple ingredients, you can make your own beer bread at home ~ no mix required.  And one of those simple ingredients?  You guessed it.  It's a beer.

Slice of Beer Bread

I was walking through the grocery store the other day when I spied boxes of beer bread mix on the shelf.  Beer bread mixes are sold lots of other places, too ... little specialty stores, gift catalogs, specialty food mix companies.  And I know we've all bought them at one time or another.  Myself included.

But I got to thinking.  Beer bread is really easy to make.  With just four simple ingredients.  I mean, we're talkin' really, really  easy.  But I realized two things ~ 1.  I hadn't made beer bread in a very long time.  And 2.  I hadn't shared how to make beer bread on The Kitchen is My Playground.

So I decided I should share beer bread with you here on the blog.  And here's all you have to do to whip up a totally gorgeous loaf of beer bread.

No mix-in-a-box needed, I swear.

Loaf of Beer Bread

So gather up your four simple ingredients ~ self-rising flour, sugar, butter.  And a beer.  That's it.  Really.  

When it comes to the beer, any beer will do.

Choose one that's to your liking.  Or that just happens to be tucked in the back of your fridge.  Each variety of beer imparts a bit different flavor to the bread ... it's kinda fun to see what happens with different beers.  {Hey.  Now that I think about it ... I should do a post showing and talking about the results with different beers!  That would be fun.  Okay, filing that idea away for later.}  

To whip up your loaf of beer bread, just combine self-rising flour and a little sugar in a mixing bowl ...

Making Beer Bread

... pour in a 12 ounce beer ...

Making Beer Bread

... and mix it all up until it comes together to create a sticky batter.

Beer Bread Batter

Place the batter in a standard-sized loaf pan and pour melted butter on top.

Making Beer Bread

Don't stir the butter into the batter.

Nope.  Just leave it sitting all over the top.

Making Beer Bread

Pop it in the oven and in about 45 minutes ... presto ... you've got  beer bread.

Loaf of Beer Bread in the Pan

Mmmm hmmmm.  A gorgeous loaf of beer bread just waiting to be sliced up and enjoyed with a bowl of soup.  Or chili.  Or spaghetti.  Or whatever you'd like!

Pretty cool for just 4 ingredients, don't you think?

And ... no boxed mix needed.

Sliced Beer Bread

Beer Bread
  • 3 c. self-rising flour
  • 3 T. granulated sugar
  • 1 (12 oz.) beer {any kind will do}
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Add beer; mix until well combined. Place batter in a greased loaf pan.
  2. Pour melted butter evenly over the top of batter in the pan. Do not stir.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 - 50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy these other 'side' breads from The Kitchen is My Playground ...
Salsa Muffins

German Strudla

Garlic Bread



  1. I'm a novice at baking breads of any type. Do you think you could add grated/shredded cheese? If so, would you mix it with the dry flour mixture or after the beer has been added? Thanks for your help! Leslie

    1. I would think adding cheese would work. I would start with less than a cup and see how it goes. It would probably be easiest to stir the cheese into the dry flour mixture, and then add the beer. Let me know how it goes, Leslie Anne!

  2. We will just love your Beer Bread and can't wait to make it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you stay warm and cozy on this cold day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I have been making beer bread for years. I have found that if I let it rise for an hour in the pan and then add the butter then bake, the loaf isn't so dense. Wow, that was a run on sentence! Beer bread is also yummy toasted.

    1. Thank you for the tip, Debbie! I'll have to give the 'let it rise' method a try. I appreciate you stopping by!


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