Quick and Easy Beer Bread
I have said many times that if my family is going to eat soup I need to serve it with a heavy side of carbs. This simple bread is one of my favorite things to serve with soup. It comes together quickly and takes less than an hour to bake.
I have made it with different kinds of beer. I have even tried root beer and seltzer water. The root beer bread tasted weird. I can’t quite put it into words, but it was a miss. If you don’t buy alcohol, you can use plain seltzer water, but it won’t have the great yeasty flavor you get with beer. I have found that an American-style lager is the best beer to use in this recipe.
The beer adds a great yeasty flavor and the carbonation helps the bread rise and get fluffy. It is great fresh out of the oven, and delicious toasted the next morning. I had a piece toasted for breakfast topped with avocado slices, salt and lemon juice. Yum!
It is important to spay the loaf pan well with cooking spray. The extra step of lining with parchment paper makes it super easy to pull out of the pan. If you don’t have parchment paper you can use wax paper.
- 3 Cups Flour (I have used all-purpose flour and white whole wheat flour.)
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 12 ounce Beer
- 6 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the bread pan. Spray an 8 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper the width of the loaf pan. (I like it to be long enough to fit down the middle of the pan, and up the sides with a little extra on each side. See Video.) Spay over the parchment paper with cooking spray.
- Mix the bread. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the beer and mix until combined. You do not want to over mix the dough.
- Add the dough to the prepared bread pan. You may need to gently push it to the edges of the pan. The top does not need to be smooth. Pour melted butter over the dough.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes. The top will be barely turning brown. You can stick a toothpick in the center of the bread to test doneness. If the toothpick is dry or only has a few moist crumbs the bread is done.
- Using the excess parchment, gently lift the bread from the pan. Serve.
I have made this with seltzer water instead of beer. It works, but you will miss the deep yeasty flavor the beer provides.
American-Style lagers like Budweiser or Coors work best, but you can use any beer you prefer.
This is great toasted the next day.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.
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