Beer Bread

Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Craft Beer, Food Pairings | No Comments

THH_BeerBread Copyright 2009 Gary Allard. All rights reserved.
A Match Made In Heaven

Give me a crusty, yeasty, warm, fresh slice of homemade bread, with a slab of butter on the side, and I’ve just about died and gone to heaven.

But alas, I’m not a bread baker. All that kneading and rising and baking and sweating … sounds like a lot of work. That’s why the idea of beer bread was so appealing to me. My two loves married in under an hour …

I bought a beer bread mix at Trader Joe’s, but decided to try from scratch first. Glad I did, because beer bread really is the simplest thing on the planet to make — flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, and a bottle of beer. Yep, it’s that easy. I used a bottle of German Oktoberfest beer I had knocking around in the fridge.

And 45 minutes later, the mixture I had spread into the loaf pan emerged golden and delicious. I cut a slice almost immediately. Nice crunchy, golden edges, yummy tender inside, with a hint of mellow beer flavor in the moisture.

I may never buy bread again.

How to Make Beer Bread

Mix together:
3 cups sifted flour
3 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup of sugar

Slowly stir 12-ounces of beer into the dry mix. Spread batter into a greased loaf pan and pour 1/4 cup melted butter over top.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 375 degrees. Remove from the oven when a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Beer Bread Baking Tips
  • Use beer at room temperature.
  • Take the time to sift your flour into the measuring cup. Makes all the difference in texture.
  • Don’t overmix. Stir until dry parts are just moistened.

Beer Bread Options

  • Chopped onion or herbs make nice batter additions.
  • For a twist, use apple or pear cider instead of beer.

Want to try making beer bread? Trader Joe’s has a nice beer bread mix if you’re not feeling ambitious. Other mixes are available online.

Erin Malone
is a Thursday Happy Hour contributing editor, providing the
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