Beer bread is my go-to bread recipe whenever we're out of dinner bread and I only have an hour to make something. It's basically the only quick bread I know of that works for dinner. The first time I tried beer bread was many years ago when we were given a mix for it, and I never forgot how good it was, but for some reason I didn't think of making it from scratch for a long time. When I finally decided to try, I looked around and found an easy recipe that turned out to be a huge hit. Now I've made it about... 6 times, which is a lot for me. I usually will make something once and not make it again for a long while, even if I like it a lot, just because I always have a huge list of new recipes I'm waiting to try.
I know a lot of beer bread recipes add savory ingredients. This is your traditional, sweet beer bread (but not too sweet), finished off with some melted butter to give it a crispy exterior. Plus, it's half whole-wheat flour, so you can feel a little bit better about making it :) I guarantee you, it will put any beer bread mix to shame!
Note: I've used different kinds of beer in this bread. Lately, I've been using a pumpkin ale. Any kind should work!
Semi-Whole Wheat Beer Bread
adapted from All Recipes
(makes 1 loaf)
1 ½ cups bread flour
1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
⅓ cup brown sugar, loose
1 can/bottle of beer (12 ounces)
4 tablespoons butter, melted (½ stick)
Oven Temperature: 350 F
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flours, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Mix on low speed. Add the beer and stir (lowest speed) until just incorporated.
2. Line a 9 x 5 inch bread pan with parchment paper. I recommend parchment paper because it helps achieve that crispy exterior of the bread. Pour the batter into the pan and cover with the melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, making sure a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean when done.
That's it! Delicious bread in two steps!
Beer Bread?! Never heard of it! :D But sounds great! Will bake some when I can legally get beer in India! :P
Kavi | Edible Entertainment
Wow no beer for beer bread? That is truly a travesty! You must find a way to make some!
I LOVE beer bread! I, too, used to buy the mixes at $6-$10 a piece and then I found a recipe for what I consider to be the best bread ever. I posted it on my blog a few months ago. Stumbling this post :)
I'll have to stop by and check out your beer bread! Thanks so much!
Danielle DaVault says
I tried this recipe today and my boyfriend and I have already had half the loaf. It is fantastic! Thanks so much.
We go through this bread pretty quickly in my house too! So glad you like it :)
Kim Bee says
This looks positively delicious. Love the last pic with the parchment.
Thank you! It makes my day every time someone compliments my photography because I'm trying so hard to improve it.
The bread is delicious!