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Hands down this is probably the easiest bread you will ever make! You can use any beer you like! But each beer will vastly change the flavour and the colouring. I suggest starting with a Guinness and from there you can try different beers. Perhaps in the summer, you could use a nice pale ale or in the fall try a flavoured apricot beer. You’ll be surprised at just how different each type of beer gives new flavours and notes to the bread.
If you are nervous about making homemade bread, then this is the recipe for you! There is no yeast required as the yeast from the beer is naturally occurring (with the aid of some baking powder too). This means you don’t have to knead the dough or wait for the dough to rise and double in size. We call this type of bread a quick bread.
And for this simple quick bread, there are only 6 ingredients, one bowl and a few very simple steps! By the way, don’t cut back on the butter (I know some of you will) because it’s what gives the bread a beautifully crunchy crust. I can’t rave about this simple bread enough! You just have to try it and see for yourself!
- All-purpose flour, sifted
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Guinness Stout Beer
- Unsalted butter
What is Quick Bread?
Quick bread is just that; quick! Baking powder or baking soda is used as a leavening agent and typically little to no kneading is required. Some examples of quick breads are banana bread, coffee cake, lemon loaf or cornbread.
Tips to Make the Perfect Beer Bread Everytime
- Preheat the oven! Make sure your oven is fully preheated before you put the bread in to bake. This will help the bread to rise properly and bake evenly.
- Don’t overmix the dough! Once you add the beer to the dry ingredients, mix the ingredients just until the dough comes together. Overmixing can lead to tough, dense bread as it over develops the glutens in the flour.
- Use a flavourful beer. The flavour of your beer will impact the taste of your bread, so choose a beer with a flavour that you enjoy. Dark beers tend to be more flavorful, but lighter beers can also work well, especially in the summer months.
- Let the bread cool before slicing. Allow the bread to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing it.
- Store beer bread properly. This bread is best consumed the same day, as the top will have a nice crusty crunch. Once stored the top of the bread will soften. Store it in an airtight container, tin or a plastic bag to keep fresh. Make sure the bread has cooled completely before storing.
How To Make Beer Bread
Step One: Use a good quality strong stout beer. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, stir to combine.
Step Two: Pour the stout beer into the flour mixture and mix the ingredients together just until combined. Be very careful not to overmix the batter.
Step Three: Grease a loaf pan with butter and dust with flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Then top with slices of butter and bake in the oven.
Let me know in the comments what you think! Happy Baking.Print
Beer Bread (no yeast)
This no yeast, super simple beer bread will no doubt become your favourite bread to go along side your winter meals! It’s full of flavour, crisp on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. I used Guinness beer which gave a dark rich molasses flavour. I highly recommend using a stout for a richer flavour moving into the cooler winter days.
- Prep Time: 8 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 53 mins
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 3 cups (384 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 oz Guinness Stout Beer
- 1/4 cup (58 g) unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a loaf pan with butter and dust with flour. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, stir to combine.
- Pour beer into flour mixture and mix ingredients together just until combined (don’t overmix).
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Top loaf with slices of butter.
- Bake in the bottom third of the oven for 40-45 minutes.
- Let cool for 10-12 minutes before serving.
Beer bread will last 3-4 days stored in a tin.
- Serving Size: 1 of 10 Slices
- Calories: 202
- Sugar: 3.7g
- Sodium: 267mg
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 33.3g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 3.9g
- Cholesterol: 12mg
Keywords: Beer Bread, No yeast, Quick Bread, Bread
Yes, you can use almost any kind of beer to make beer bread! However, the type of beer you use will affect the flavour, colour and texture of the bread.
Beer bread does have a subtle flavour of beer but the taste will vary depending on the type of beer used. Beers that are darker and have a stronger flavour, such as stouts will give the bread a more pronounced beer flavour, while lighter beers will result in a more subtle taste. However, the flavour of beer bread is not overwhelming, people who don’t typically enjoy beer find that they like the taste.
Yes, you can make beer bread with non-alcoholic beer. Non-alcoholic beer can still add flavour and moisture to the bread, making it a great alternative for those who prefer not to use alcoholic beer in their recipes.
Keep in mind that the bread may have a slightly different flavour and texture compared to using alcoholic beer. Non-alcoholic beer is typically less bitter and less carbonated than regular beer, so the bread may be less tangy and have a softer texture.
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