Honey Beer Bread from the Shore

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Beer bread made with honey

Have you ever made Beer Bread? It’s really simple! There’s no need to add yeast, let the dough rise, or fuss over the temperature of your kitchen.

Just mix everything together, and pull a hearty, crusty loaf of bread from your oven any time you want to feel like a world-class baker.

For this recipe, we like to use dark honey, like Buckwheat. Darker honey has a stronger flavor that holds up better in the heat of the oven, and compliments bitter foods and drinks like beer.

For an extra treat, make the almond butter that we share in our Eastern Shore Cornbread recipe to serve on top.

No Fuss, Quick, Honey Beer Bread

I remember my grandmother baking bread when I was a toddler-it always seemed like such a process. She’d be in the kitchen for hours, mixing things together and covering bowls of dough with old cloth to let it rest. When I got a little older, I started making my own bread on occasion. I only tried yeast breads a few times-they can be a royal pain. I found recipes for quick breads (which don’t need yeast and rise thanks to the baking soda and powder in the flour), and it was so much easier to bake!

This specific recipe also reminds me of the bread my aunt would bake for Thanksgiving-hers was a sweet beer bread. It was soft and chewy but crusty. You will find this recipe that way.

Beer bread made with honey

Hearty and perfect for dipping in soups or making into a sandwich. It’s slightly sweet, thanks to the beer and honey in the batter, it lends itself well to everything.

Since we use a fair amount of butter in the recipe, it bakes up with beautiful air pockets, and the top gets nice and golden.

Make beer bread in honor of National Beer Day.

It’s a perfect way to celebrate! And don’t worry, the alcohol in the bread will cook off in the heat of the oven, leaving behind only the sweet and earthy taste of the brew.

Adapting our Honey Beer Bread

We always encourage you to play with your food, for this reason, try tossing in or topping with different ingredients. The sky is the limit. Trust us, no matter what you decide a loaf of this won’t stick around long! Here are some ideas:

  • Add in raisins and cinnamon
  • For something savory, add a half a cup of shredded cheese
  • Add some heat with chopped jalapenos
  • Top the bread with “Everything Bagel” seasoning

If you decide to make our Beer Bread, or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Beer bread made with honey

Honey Beer Bread

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 160kcal

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  • 4 tbsp. butter softened
  • 3 c flour self-rising
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 12 oz beer bottle
  • 3 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a bread pan with one tablespoon of the butter
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the beer stopping periodically to combine. Add honey, combining all until just mixed.
  • Pour the batter into the baking pan, and top with the rest of the butter over top of the dough.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Check the bread with a toothpick to make sure that it’s done-if the toothpick comes out clean, it’s ready!


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2.5% | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 8.1%
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