Beer Bread

While in the Midwest visiting family, Dana and I were introduced to beer bread.  The bread comes in a mix and all you have to do is add beer.  It was great, but the mix costs an arm and a leg.  Highway robbery if you ask me.  So I decided to try to make my own that was comparable.  I tried and threw away a bunch of beer bread over the last week.  I could not get it perfect.  I tried self-rising flour but it was too salty.  I tried all-purpose flour and bread flour and it was missing the perfect texture.  I tried sugar, agave, and honey in various amounts.  Then last night I finally came up with the perfect recipe.  It was moist, delicious and had the perfect texture.  Another tip – You need to use aluminum free baking powder.  You can use regular, but depending on the beer it can have a slightly metallic/tinny back end flavor.

Beer Bread

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.  Melt the butter and set aside.  Allow it to cool why you assemble the remaining ingredients.

Sift the ingredients

Sift together the bread flour, cake flour, sugar and baking powder. The key to this recipe is sifting all of the ingredients.

Add the beer and stir

Add the honey and beer.  Stir for about 30 seconds.  There will be lumps, but it is fine.  You don’t want to over mix this dough.

Scoop into a loaf pan

Scoop the dough into the loaf pan.  Then brush with the butter.

Brush with butter

Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes or until the top and sides are browned and a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.

Beer Bread

Remove from the oven and let sit in the pan for 5 minutes.  Then remove the bread from the pan onto a cooling rack.  Let cool completely before eating.

Beer Bread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
The best beer bread around!
Course: Bread
Servings: 8
Author: Rex
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tbs honey
  • 2 1/2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces favorite beer
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or cooking spray. Melt the butter and set aside. Allow it to cool why you assemble the remaining ingredients.
  2. Sift together the bread flour, cake flour, sugar and baking powder. The key to this recipe is sifting all of the ingredients.
  3. Add the honey and beer. Stir for about 30 seconds. There will be lumps, but it is fine. You don't want to over mix this dough.
  4. Scoop the dough into the loaf pan. Then brush with the butter.
  5. Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes or until the top and sides are browned and a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.
  6. Remove from the oven and let sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before eating.
Recipe Notes

Don't forget to sift the flour. It is important in order for the bread to have the proper texture.

 

This bread is awesome!  It also toasts very well.

 

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

1 Comment

  1. nibblemethis Reply

    Alexis made a great beer bread last year that had cheese in it, eating it by itself was like dessert.

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