This easy beer bread recipe is made with only four ingredients. Soft, buttery, and slightly sweet inside, with a crispy, buttery top, it is perfect for chili, stews, or soups. But also great at those game day parties. Anybody can make this easy recipe.
I call this a "guy" recipe; it is super easy to make, tastes great, and has beer. It is a “quick bread,” meaning it relies on the chemical leveling agents, baking powder here, in the self-rising flour and not yeast.
👍Why you should make this recipe.
- Soft, buttery, and slightly sweet on the inside with a crispy, buttery top, even the "non-beer" person will love this beer bread.
- It has a hint of beer that you would overlook if you didn't know about it.
- Substitute seltzer water or soda if you want.
- Super easy to make, even for the non-cook. You can do this.
- Slathered with butter, it is an excellent compliment to chili, stews, or soups. Makes great toast and sandwiches.
For an inspirational recipe, I used King Authur's Classic Beer Bread, although I read 20-plus recipes. I did love reading all the very interesting comments.
- Self-rising flour— substitute AP flour, baking powder, and salt. Amounts in recipe notes.
- Sugar—honey is a common variation.
- Beer—any beer you like. Substitute plain seltzer water or a soda.
- Optional additions—cheddar cheese, chopped jalapenos, garlic
👨🍳How to make Beer Bread
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Prep a loaf pan with a coat of PAM cooking spray.
- Combine self-rising flour with sugar.
- Add 12 oz of beer and 3 melted butter. Stir until the foam subsides and all of the dry flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and brush the top with more butter.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out clean—about 50 minutes.
- Turn onto a rack to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting.
Quick bread is a bread product that uses leavening agents other than yeast or eggs, usually baking soda or baking powder. The texture of quick bread is very different than yeast-leavened bread.
Quick bread has more of a muffin-like texture than yeast bread's gluten texture. Typical quick bread includes banana, soda, beer bread, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, and even cookies.
Easy answer, whatever type of beer you like. One of the bread tastes will be the beer you add, along with the butter and a yeasty malt flavor. So use what you want. Something with less intense flavors is probably preferred.
Most people don't think they can tell a taste difference between using darker beers vs. lighter beers or expensive vs. cheap beers. But some feel that more flavor will come through with a robust dark beer.
This is a bit old fashion, but it is a shortcut your grandmother would use for biscuits or other quick bread recipes.
It is a standardized mixture ratio of 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. So if you were making biscuits, you would cut in your butter and add some milk, and you are ready for the oven.
Bisquick is self-rising flour with some hydrogenated vegetable shortening added so you wouldn’t need the butter.
When we sift flour, it breaks down any clumps and provides a fluffier result. It also helps mix other ingredients though out the flour. It will improve the texture a bit. If you don't have an old-school flour sifter, you can get about the same effect using a large fine-mesh strainer.
Do you have to sift if a recipe suggests it? No, but the results will be denser, but not a lot.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days—no need for a refrigerator.
It can also be frozen for 4 months.
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🖼️Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° conventional.
Start by prepping a 9 by 4 inch loaf pan with a good spray of PAM or a light coat of butter. Your loaf pan size may vary, but it will be fine.
Combine 3 cups of self-rising flour with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Optional: run the flour/sugar mixture through a sifter. If you do not have self-rising flour, mix 3 cups of AP flour with 4 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¾ teaspoons of salt.
Add 12 oz of beer. Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until the foam subsides and all of the dry flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix.
Add to prepared pan and level in the pan.
Brush top with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
Bake until a toothpick comes out clean—about 50 minutes.
Turn onto a rack to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
Quick and Easy Beer Bread with 4 Ingredients
- 3 cups self-rising flour - Substitute is listed in the instructions
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter - divided
- 12 oz beer
- 1 cup cheddar or other cheese
- Chopped jalapenos
- garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375° conventional.
- Start by prepping a 9 by 4 inch loaf pan with a good spray of PAM or a light coat of butter. Your loaf pan size may vary but will be fine.
- Combine 3 cups of self-rising flour with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Optional: run the flour/sugar mixture through a sifter. If you do not have self-rising flour, mix 3 cups of AP flour with 4 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¾ teaspoons of salt.
- Add 12 oz of beer. Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until the foam subsides and all of the dry flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix.
- Add the batter to the prepared pan and level in the pan.
- Add to prepared pan and level in the pan.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. About 50 minutes.
- Turn onto a rack to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
Your Own Private Notes
- Use the beer of your choice. You can substitute 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) plain seltzer water or a soda.
- To make one cup of self-rising flour mix 1 cup of all-purpure flour with 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- I suggest sifting the flour to make the bread less dense. You skip it if you want.
- This bread is easy to add things. A cup of cheese, some chopped-up pickled jalapenos, or some garlic powder. Have some fun with it. Google will give you endless suggestions.
- Good sealed tightly for about 3-4 days or frozen for 4 months.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Originally Published March 11, 2018. Updated with more explanation, refreshed photos, and table of contents.