Sometimes I find myself in the mood for bread to go with a meal or as a snack, but don’t have time to make it. Now, let’s get something straight: nothing compares to a yeasted homemade bread. Risen, punched down, shaped into loaves then risen again for an amazing texture and flavor. While amazing and incomparable, it does take hours to make. So this quick bread, utilizing beer as a leavening agent, is perfect when you want bread in under an hour! I also love how this bread can be varied and have additions to create whatever flavor you’re craving.
I love how quickly this bread goes together. You can make it after work before having guests over and still have homemade bread for your meal. The endless flavor addition options make it so fun to be creative and fit your cravings!
Watch how to make this beer bread:
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 12-oz can beer
- ¼ cup melted butter + extra for brushing the top
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp rosemary
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. If desired, mix in optional additions. Add beer and butter and stir with a fork until just combined. You may still have some small lumps or spots of dry flour and that’s ok!
- Place bread in a loaf pan. Using a serrated knife, make a slit down the middle on top of the loaf. Brush top of the bread with melted butter and place in 375°F preheated oven for 35-45 minutes until lightly golden and crusty on top.
- Let cool in the pan for a few minutes then cool completely on wire rack. Serve warm and enjoy!