Easy Homemade Beer Bread

Ok, so I had no idea baking bread could be this easy!

You literally throw 3 ingredients into a bowl (self-rising flour, sugar, beer) – mix it up and pour it into your loaf pan and bake it. 


Oh, and you have to throw some melted butter on top after it’s almost done baking.


Maybe I’m an idiot?  Maybe everyone already knows about this recipe?

Whatever, I like it.

I was in search of finding a way to get my hands on some Tastefully Simple Beer Bread, but found this copycat recipe instead.  It’s just as good, I think… and a lot cheaper!  I ended up serving it with a Cranberry Cinnamon Honey Butter  that I found from Rachel Cooks to go with it.

Now that stuff was crazy good!  My family loved the combo.  If you make Rach’s cranberry spread, I recommend preparing it the same day you plan on serving it.  You can leave it sitting out on the counter until you’re ready to use it.  I refrigerated it the day before, and it never did fully soften and become as “spreadable” again.  It still turned out great though, and I can’t wait to make it again!

Soooo00, if you haven’t realized it by now – I’m not a baker.  That’s why I’ve decided that anytime I want fresh bread this will be my go-to for sure.  It’s got a tiny hint of beer flavor, but it’s mostly a mild sweet taste that comes from the sugar.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Rachael xoxo

Head on over to Rachel Cooks for the Cranberry Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Easy Homemade Beer Bread
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Serves: 8
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces beer (whatever kind you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, and beer. Stir together until just blended. The mixture will be lumpy.
  3. Pour into a greased bread loaf and bake for 50 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and pour melted butter evenly on top of bread. Put back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Beer bread recipe source: Food.com

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35 comments… add one

  • Bill December 7, 2012, 2:00 pm

    This bread rocks! It goes great with soup as well.

  • Betty December 7, 2012, 2:26 pm

    I will be trying this very soon. Looks so good! Might have to hook this up with Bill’s chili.

    • Rachael December 7, 2012, 2:39 pm

      Betty, that’s a brilliant idea! Let me know how you like it!

  • Jamie G December 7, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! My sister-in-law always brings beer bread to Christmas Eve. Recently I asked her for the recipe and she said it was Tastefully Simple. Here I thought she was slaving away. :)

    • Rachael December 7, 2012, 4:34 pm

      My sister-in-law also always the Tastefully Simple to holiday dinners (with yummy, creamy dips)! We’ve always loved it, and I was so happy to find this recipe! So much cheaper!! :) Let me know if you make it, Jamie!

  • Amy (Savory Moments) December 8, 2012, 7:08 am

    I love making beer bread! It’s so simple. Plus, you can play with the flavors. I like to try pumpkin beers and stouts and add-ins like cheddar, jalapenos, garlic, etc.

    • Rachael December 8, 2012, 9:39 am

      Oh boy, cheddar and jalapenos is definitely going to be happening soon!! Thanks for sparking my creative juices… it may have never occurred to me to change the recipe! :)

  • Tracy December 8, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Wow! That looks awesome! Nice photos too!

    • Rachael December 9, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Tracy!! I appreciate the compliment. ;)

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies) December 9, 2012, 12:49 am

    What? This looks too easy to be true! I’d love this with a slab of sharp cheddar!

  • Kristi Rimkus December 9, 2012, 10:17 am

    I’ve made this before and was totally amazed at how easy and tasty it is. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature December 9, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Beer bread is the best: the end!

  • Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet December 9, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Love it when something you thought was hard to make, turns out to be easy. I’ve never made beer bread, but I did get into homemade pizza dough this summer, which is another thing that’s just pretty easy. Excited to give this a try!

    • Rachael December 11, 2012, 1:34 pm

      I need to get into pizza dough. Bill and I have tried it a few times and were never quite happy with the results.

      Hope you like the bread!

      • Jo February 16, 2015, 10:57 am

        Great recipe for beer bread. Got this pizza dough recipe from a friend many years ago.
        1 1/2 tsp bread yeast (one pkg); 3 cups all purpose flour; 1 cup hot tap water; 1/2 tsp salt. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly coat pizza pan or jelly roll pan with vegetable oil or coconut oil. Sprinkle cornmeal lightly over oil. In mixing bowl, mix yeast with 1 cup of flour. Add hot water and blend until no raw shows. Stir in 2nd cup of flour with salt and mix until dough comes away from sides of bowl. Dust clean surface and hands with some of remaining flour. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead in the remaining flour, a little at a time, until dough is no longer sticky; it should be smooth and elastic. Stretch our dough a bit with your hands and then press dough into pan. Distribute choice of toppings; finish with a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Bake until crust is golden and bubbly (if you used cheese). This takes approximately 8 minutes to bake.

  • Betty December 9, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Made a roast today but still tried the bread. I must say IT.WAS.SO.GOOD!!! My husband even said how great it was and could not believe it when I told him what it took to make. this is a 5 star keeper!!!!

    • Rachael December 9, 2012, 6:51 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it as much as Bill and I do!! ;)

  • angela @ another bite please December 10, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I am likin’ the simple list of ingredients and how easy to make…I prefer homemade vs. the tastefully simple box any day!

  • katie December 11, 2012, 9:52 am

    Oh I love making beer bread… simply because its the only type of bread I can make! lol.

    • Rachael December 11, 2012, 3:18 pm

      Ha! It’s so easy it’s almost ridiculous! :)

  • Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin December 11, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I had no idea fresh, homemade bread could be this easy! What a great recipe – I no longer have any excuses for not making my own bread :)

  • Aggie December 13, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I am not a baker either … so this recipe appealed to me immediately! I have never made beer bread. I think I can do this :)

    • Rachael December 13, 2012, 8:02 pm

      You’ll love it then! Thanks for stopping by Aggie! :)

  • Ibbs Quinton December 17, 2012, 8:23 am

    OMG beer bread?!? That’s such an awesome idea :) I am SO happy I found this, can’t wait to bake it now! One question, am I right in thinking the alcohol content cooks off in the oven?
    Thanks so much
    x x x

    • Rachael December 17, 2012, 2:54 pm

      Good question. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if 100% of the alcohol cooks out. Either way, a vast majority of the alcohol will bake out, and you won’t get any effects from the alcohol after it’s baked.

  • Kristen | Pixelated Crumb December 20, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know baking bread could be that easy either! I’ve got to try this!

  • Kristen @ The Endless Meal April 28, 2013, 10:40 am

    My man has been on a bit of a bread making kick lately (yay for me!) Going to pass this recipe onto him!!

  • Cindy November 25, 2013, 10:34 pm

    I have been making this bread for years i do add jalapenos and shredded cheddar. But also recientely added cream cheese and cooked breakfast sausae and made breakfast bread. Jalapeno popper bread use cream cheese and cooked bacon bits also nice

    • Rachael November 25, 2013, 11:22 pm

      That all sounds fabulous, Cindy! Thanks for sharing your great additions. :)

  • reena February 3, 2014, 2:51 pm

    awesome , i just tried it the basic way, was so yummy next wk try put chcolate or nuts or something for more intresting taste

    • Rachael February 4, 2014, 1:47 pm

      Sounds good, Reena. I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Mary February 9, 2014, 4:47 am

    I really want to try this recipe but I live in Asia where flour is a little rare. If I can’t find self-rising flour, is it possible to substitute with another flour and add yeast? Thanks!

  • Baron March 1, 2015, 4:28 pm

    If you use a cup of sugar it is almost a cake. Really good hot with butter melting in it.


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