How to Make Beer Bread: 3 Simple Ingredients + a Beer

July 5, 2018
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.

How to Make Beer Bread Image: 3 Simple Ingredients + a Beer

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, and specialty food mix companies to name a few.  I know we've all seen them.

And I know we've all bought these mixes at one time or another, too.  Myself included.

But I got to thinking ~ hey, beer bread is actually really easy to make.

Just follow these simple steps to whip up a totally gorgeous, quick and easy loaf of beer bread. No box mix needed, I swear. 

Needing just 3 simple ingredients + a beer, I mean, we're talkin' really, really  easy to make.

And that's when I realized two things:
1.  I hadn't made beer bread in a very long time.
2.  I hadn't yet shared how to make beer bread on The Kitchen is My Playground.

So I decided I should share this very simple beer bread recipe with you here on the blog.  Just follow these simple steps to whip up a totally gorgeous, quick and easy loaf of beer bread.

No box mix needed, I swear.

Beer Bread Image

To whip up a loaf, gather up your four simple ingredients ~ self-rising flour, granulated sugar, butter.  And a beer.  That's it.


Now when it comes to the beer, any beer will do.

Each variety of beer imparts a bit different flavor to the bread ... it's kinda fun to see what happens with different beers.

But choose one that's to your liking.  Each variety of beer imparts a bit different flavor to the bread ... it's kinda fun to see what happens with different beers.

And you can definitely taste a hint of each beer's flavor in the baked bread ... so chances are, if you don't like the beer, you won't like the bread.  

To prepare your loaf, just combine self-rising flour and a little sugar in a mixing bowl ...

Making Easy Beer Bread Image

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

Mixing Ingredients for Beer Bread Image

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

Beer Bread Batter Image

Place the batter in a standard-sized loaf pan.  

Then pour melted butter all over the top.

Making Beer Bread Image

Don't stir the melted butter into the batter.

Nope.  Just leave the butter sitting all over the top if the batter.

How to Make Beer Bread Image

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

Baked Beer Bread Image

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 3 simple ingredients + a beer, don't you think?

And best of all, ... no boxed mix needed.

Slices of Beer Bread Image
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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 ...

Cheddar-Rosemary Beer Bread

Salsa Muffins

Garlic Bread

Honey Cornbread

Pumpkin Biscuits

Beer Bread ~ How to make your own beer bread, no boxed mix needed! Just 3 simple ingredients + a beer. #beerbread #easyrecipes

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  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!

  4. Hi Tracey,

    It looks great! I always love a beer bread, but never have a mix on hand when I want to do it. This looks super easy!

  5. Beer bread is amazing...especially for those of us who are yeast-challenged!!!

  6. PINNED! I totally want to make this!! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party!

  7. Excellent and very exciting site. Love to watch. Keep Rocking. dry Yeast


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