Buttery Beer Bread




When I think of quick breads I almost always immediately think of nicely spiced, sweet breads that make for terrific breakfast or a dessert.  Most of my favorite quick breads are made with fruit and sometimes even chocolate, like this apple quick bread or my kid's favorite banana bread with chocolate chips!

However, lately I've been making some savory quick breads to go with our suppertime meals and this flavorful beer bread has quickly risen to the top of the favorite list around here (pun totally intended)!




This recipe is an adaptation of a classic recipe for beer bread that was printed in a local newspaper a few years ago. When I saw the recipe titled "Beer Bread", it sounded really intriguing and I was so excited to try it, but when I finally baked some up, I was disappointed. Although the texture of the end product was great, I found that particular recipe for beer bread to be a bit bland. In my opinion, at the very least, it needed a pinch more salt.

So, the next time I baked a loaf of this bread, I added a bit more salt and well... I tripled the amount of butter that was listed in the original recipe (my bad, but you will thank me later)!



This basic beer bread recipe is really versatile and I think it's such a fun recipe because it will take on the essence of whatever type of beer you used to make it. For instance, if you use a dark craft beer, or a lemon-flavored summer brew or a spiced holiday beer, the flavor and color of the beer will come through subtly in the bread. For this loaf, I used Coor's Light (because that's what the husband had on hand) and the mild flavor and golden color of that light brew beer is pretty evident in this loaf of bread (and I'll just add that it's also pretty scrumptious!)




Not only is this buttery beer bread delicious, y'all, but when I say this is a quick bread, I really mean it. This little loaf comes together in no time at all and it only requires five pantry staple ingredients plus one, little can of beer to make it. It will need to bake for about an hour, and your house is going to smell absolutely amazing while it's in the oven!

Also, there's no need to worry about much alcohol content lingering in the bread as most, if not all, of the alcohol in a single beer will evaporate as the bread bakes.

I hope you all will tag me with pictures if you make a loaf! I'd love to hear about what type of beer you use. Happy baking, y'all!!

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Buttery Beer Bread                                  printable recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Yield:  1 9x5 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/2 tablespoons) salted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 (12 oz) can or bottle beer ( I used Coor's Light because it was in the fridge, but your fave beer will work!)

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, set it aside.  Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon. 

2. Pour beer and 3 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter into the dry mixture. Stir until beer bread batter is just combined. Turn out batter into the prepared loaf pan and gently press it evenly into the pan. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter evenly over the bread batter. 

3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top of the loaf is lightly browned and it appears done. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes on a rack. Serve warm and enjoy!
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16 comments

  1. I haven't had a beer bread in years...yours has such a wonderful crust and perfectly dense crumb...a perfect combo!

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  2. Good morning, Angie!! Thank you :)

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  3. Wow, Marcelle, this really takes me back to when my mom was alive and we used to bake batter breads together. Beer bread was one of my favorite college staples! Your version is quite a bit more elegant, though. ( what isn’t more elegant when you add butter?)

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  4. I looks quite like a muffin bread and appears so moist and delicious. Great idea!

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  5. Quick breads are so much fun to make, aren't they? Beer bread is wonderful! Haven't made any for a couple of years, and now you have me drooling for it. :-) Good stuff -- thanks.

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    1. Hi John! I hope you enjoy it if you make some! Thank you :)

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  6. I really enjoy quick breads too. Savory is nice at meal times. Beer Bread is very hearty.

    velva

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  7. I wish I had seen this last night! I made corn bread and would have tried this! Pinning!

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  8. it's hard for me to get my husband to sacrifice any of his beer for any reason, not even chili. i can still ask though. :)

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    1. I completely understand, Grace!:) Thank you!

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  9. Délicieux ! have a nice day.

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