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, 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 since 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.
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, and 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 this beer bread in honor of National Beer Day, or St. Patrick’s Day! Regardless, It’s a perfect way to celebrate! Use whatever beer you like: it might be fun to switch it up every time you bake a loaf of this bread.
Adapting our Honey Beer Bread Recipe
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 try this project, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Honey Beer Bread Recipe
- 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!