Beer Bread Recipe

This is a great quick bread recipe.  Basically four ingredients and you have wonderful, rich bread that goes great with a bowl of chili or stew.  This dense bread also makes a great salami sandwich.

beer bread recipe

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the flour, sugar and beer in a bowl.  Combine until a sticky dough forms.  This bread can become very dense and heavy if too much flour is used.  The best method for measuring flour is by weight.  A cup of flour weighs 4 1/4 ounces or 120 grams.  You will need 12.75 ounces of flour or 360 grams for this recipe.  Don’t have a scale?  Then measure the flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and then whisk the flour before adding the beer.

Don’t have self rising flour in the pantry?  No problem.  Make your own.  Combine all purpose flour, salt and baking powder.

beer bread recipe

beer bread recipe

Step 2:

Pour dough into a loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.

beer bread recipe

Step 3:

After 40 minutes, remove the loaf pan from the over and pour (slowly) up to 1/2 cup of melted butter over the top of the bread.  The butter will flow down the side and fill up the pan, which means you may not need the full 1/2 cup.  Bake for another 15 minutes.  By pouring the butter over the top, the bread forms a buttery crust.  If you don’t want the bread to have this buttery crust, then add the melted butter in step 1.

beer bread recipe

Step 4

Let the loaf cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer the loaf to a cooling rake.

beer bread recipe

Beer Bread

Hearty and great with chili or stew!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Combine flour, sugar and beer until it forms a quick bread dough.
  • Pour dough into greased loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Pour the melted butter over the bread loaf and back another 15 minutes.


If you don't have self rising flour, then use:
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

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