There are a lot of recipes for Beer Bread out there – but this one is my favorite. Quick to put together – it’s the perfect bread to serve with summer fruits and vegetables for an easy, light meal. Below is the standard version – but you can omit the baking powder and salt if you use self-rising flour. I usually don’t have any on hand – so I love that I can make this with regular pantry ingredients!
This is also a fantastic bread to make croutons out of – the salty, sweet flavor compliments soup and salad well! I also enjoy it as a dipper for cold spinach dip – the possibilities for this bread are endless!
Simple Beer Bread
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour (or self-rising flour)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using self-rising flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using self-rising flour)
1/4 cup sugar
12 ounces beer (I use light)
1/2 cup butter, melted
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix in beer and 4 tablespoons butter. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Drizzle remaining melted butter over the top and bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour (until toothpick inserted in the center comes clean). Let stand for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
The total cost to make this bread is $1.52 (including the cost of the beer) – not a bad deal considering you can buy packages of beer bread mix for $5.99 (plus the cost of beer and butter)! You can also mix the dry ingredients and give as a gift – maybe with a new bread pan or in a lovely mixing bowl!
What are your favorite quick breads to make? Have you ever given them as a gift? I’d love to hear from you!