It’s beer-thirty somewhere…

January 21, 2010

The bread bug bit again last night.  Five loaves by the end of the evening, because I’m crazy.  This post is about one of them.

I didn’t want all of this month’s recipes to be sweet, but couldn’t decide what to do for savory.  I really didn’t want to have to go to the store to buy any special ingredients.  And then I realize, we have beer.  LOTS of beer.  No, we don’t live in a frat house.  We overbought for our wedding a few months ago, and even after giving a few cases away, we’re still working our way through the leftovers.  Sad but true.

Mrslovey remembered that her mom used to make beer bread from scratch.  I’ve never done it before, but how hard can it be?  After digging out the recipe card and looking it over, I’m amazed at how simple it is.  Really, really simple.  I know that lots of people swear by the beer bread mixes that you can buy at home food parties, but this recipe knocks the socks off of those.  It’s a beautiful golden brown color, fresh, tangy, and lacks the processed flavor of the boxed mixes.  And the best part?  You pay up to ten dollars (not including the beer you still have to add!) for the mixes.  Mrsloveymom’s recipe costs less than two dollars to make, beer-inclusive.  Who can argue with that??


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda, salt

12 oz room temperature beer

2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients (except butter), and then pour into a greased standard loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes (brushing the top with butter after 30 minutes), until the top is golden brown and your cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let finish cooling on the rack.
  • See, wasn’t that easy?


  1. Have you tried this recipe after letting the dough rise for an hour or two? I’m sure the residual yeast in the beer would ferment some of the sugars and break them down into gas and gluten. But then again…I’m no baking expert. Just wondering…

  2. Another hit! Made 2 loaves – 1 w/ ale & 1 w/ Guiness. Both = DELICIOUS! And you were right, it was silly easy 😉

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