Butter Crust Beer Bread

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I’m not really a beer person. Neither is my husband. We have affectionately (and I would say aptly) named the confusingly popular beverage troll urine. (As opposed to wine which is deliciously majestic unicorn urine.)
That said, I think it goes without saying that you’ll pretty much never find beer in our fridge, unless its left there from visiting friends.. and then gets turned into beer bread!
We were hosting some traveling friends awhile back who were on a street activism tour with Bloodstained Men and the Their Friends, and they left some bottles tucked away in our fridge. They left last month, and they live states away, soooo… finders keepers? Aka, IT’S BEER BREAD TIME!!!
Beer bread is so easy to make, and tastes fantastic! My mom used to make this every year at Renaissance Faire, where we Faire Brats would run around barefoot munching on loafs and biscuits made with pumpkin ale and other brews around a campfire or hopping from hay bale to hay bale listening to gypsy drums.
So this is quite the nostalgic comfort food for me. And it’s tasty to boot! The strong beer flavor (and a great percentage of the alcohol) cooks away until there’s just a mild yeasty bite to the wheat bread. It comes out with an almost breakfast pastry texture, all with just four easy ingredients!

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Just make sure whatever beer you use, it has live yeast cultures in it or the bread won’t rise! Many mass market beers have the live yeast filtered out. Your best bet is to find gourmet or craft beers, many of which have visible live, but dormant, yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Without sufficient leavening from the beer, a loaf of beer bread will be fairly dense and heavy unless an additional leavening agent like baking soda and / or baking powder is added.
This recipe is pretty much a blank slate that you can jazz up to your heart’s content. For instance, using a stout or dark beer will give a darker bread with more pronounced flavor. Using a beer that is spiced, or has a flavor added (like pumpkin!), will make a bread with a similar flavor.
You can also add any flavorings to this simple recipe when mixing the dry ingredients. Some suggestions include cheddar and dill, sundried tomato and herb, garlic and feta, etc.

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Butter Crust Beer Bread Recipe

You Will Need:

2 cups whole wheat bread
3 tablespoons sugar
1 12 ounce can of beer
½ stick unsalted butter, melted

How to Make:

Butter a standard loaf pan. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and beer and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended and sticky, about one minute.
Pour dough in prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove the bread from the oven and pour melted butter over the top. Bake for 30 minutes more until lightly browned.
Cool in pan then serve! Best enjoyed with whipped butter and a cold beer! (Or a glass of wine if you want to be ornery!)

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Have YOU tried beer bread before? Share below!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

34 thoughts on “Butter Crust Beer Bread

    • 22 December, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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      Ohhhh, Angie, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see your take on a beer bread recipe!!!

  • 22 December, 2015 at 8:28 am
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    Aw sounds a nice bread! I will try to make it, thanks for the recipe! Always so good!
    Happy Holidays!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

    • 22 December, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      Yay! Let me know what you think!! <3

    • 23 December, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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      Of course!! <3

  • 22 December, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    My husband is totally a beer guy and so going to have to try this for him now. Thanks Gingi as this looks amazing and so easy to make still!! 🙂

    • 22 December, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      You should!! He will love it!! <3 <3

  • 22 December, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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    Wow is this a great idea! We aren’t big beer drinkers either, but we often have it in our extra fridge, leftover from parties we have hosted where we feel like we should have some on hand. I would definitely make this… everyone loves yummy bread!

    • 22 December, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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      See? WAY better than tossing it out! Use it for the yeast!! <3

  • 22 December, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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    Beer just smells gross. It has to be an acquired taste to like it right? I just love crusty, thick breads. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • 22 December, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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      Yeah, I dont get how beer is such a big thing… ugh. Anyway, try this bread! Its sooooo good! <3

    • 23 December, 2015 at 12:01 am
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      <3

    • 23 December, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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      You too! Merry Christmas!!

  • 22 December, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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    Gingi, I have never liked beer either… I drank it once when I was 16, became violently ill and never drank it again… but I did use it to cook a turkey or chicken that I baked, it always made the gravy delicious without the actual beer flavor… this bread sounds really tasty xox

    • 23 December, 2015 at 12:02 am
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      Yeah, I love cooking with beer.. just hate drinking it!! I cant get over the flavor in drink form…

  • 22 December, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    Gorgeous photos of an intriguing (to me) recipe. I love butter, and I’d love to taste what the beer adds to the recipe.

    • 23 December, 2015 at 12:03 am
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      Try it! Dooooo eeeeeet!!! <3

  • 23 December, 2015 at 5:44 am
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    Never heard of beer bread. Thanks for sharing! I DO like some good beer cheese. 🙂

    • 23 December, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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      Beer cheese?!?!? WHAT?!?!?!

    • 23 December, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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      Husband just took the last of it to share with his coworkers today! So yummy!

    • 23 December, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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      Happy holidays Shirley!! <3

  • 25 December, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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    Like you and your husband, I think beer isn’t drinkable. But I love beer bread! It’s been years since I made it though. Your recipe sounds and looks great!

  • 28 December, 2015 at 5:01 am
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    This dress not only looks, but it’s recipe sounds amazing!
    I’ll definitely try it while I’m on the long weekend)

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