My friend, Anne, bought a beer bread package from a crafts fair recently and we all LOVED it. Then our friend, Kevin, mentioned that his ex made it a lot in college. That got Anne to thinking that it must be pretty easy and cheap, so we looked at the ingredients.
Holy moly! It’s super tasty AND super easy. For me, beer bread is the most amazing food ever right now!!! Seriously, anybody can make this stuff! Here’s the super easy beer bread recipe along with some subs and alternatives that you can try!
Beer Bread Ingredients
- 3 cups self-rising flour – less than $0.50
- 1/2 cup sugar – less than $0.50
- 12 ounce bottle or can of beer (we used 1 regular bottle of Miller Lite) – $1.25
- Total = less than $2.25 for a very delicious loaf of bread!
Possible Substitutes, Extras, and Notes
- 3 cups all purpose flour for the self-rising flour IF you also add in 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup if you rather it be less sweet
- You can pour a stick of melted butter on top before baking for a buttery, crispier crust. It’s tasty but unnecessary – the bread tastes great both ways.
- 1 bottle of hard apple cider instead of beer…it makes a really neat apple bread. We used it as an after dinner snack. Yes, Anne and I’ve made 5 loaves of 5 different types over the last 5 days…no judging.
- Remember to sift the flour ingredients into the bowl! Sifting is super important! It’s the difference between beer bread and a beer bread brick…
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease a bread pan.
3. Sift the self-rising flour (or regular flour plus baking powder and salt) into your bowl.
4. Add in the sugar and beer.
5. Stir with a spoon until you have a nice clump of bread dough.
6. Pour/scrape the dough into the pan. (This is where you can also pour the melted butter on top if you choose to go that route)
7. Bake for 1 hour
You just have to appreciate a recipe this simple and cheap. This ends up making 12 solid slices of bread. It would go super well with the Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup Recipe that I wrote up last October. To be completely honest, it goes with pretty much anything. Anne and I just ate it by itself. I then had some for breakfast with a little margarine and strawberry jam. The apple bread loaf that we made with hard apple cider was super yummy with strawberry jam.
Have you made beer bread before? Do you think it’s tasty?
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