This quick and easy Honey Beer Bread is a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day meal!
Don’t you just LOVE bread? Honestly, I don’t know if there is anything that smells or tastes better than a loaf of bread, hot from the oven. But most days, I don’t have time to bake a loaf from scratch because of the time needed for the dough to rise. That’s where this Honey Beer Bread steps in. Just a few ingredients and you will be eating a loaf of fresh warm bread in under an hour!
If you Google “beer bread”, you are going to find a whole lotta recipes. Most of them have self-rising flour, beer and then some other various additions. Some recipes have sugar, others add herbs or cheese, and some brush with melted butter before or after baking. I have tried several versions, but this Honey Beer Bread is still my favorite. I tend to like the sweeter versions (my sweet tooth is showing) so this recipe uses a little sugar and honey, which lightens the beer flavor just enough. (I am not a big beer drinker, more of a wine gal.)
While we are on the subject, let’s talk about the beer. You can use whatever kind of beer you like, but remember…good bread starts with good beer. You can use a dark, malty beer or something lighter; this is really up to your own personal preference. Just pick a type of beer with a flavor you enjoy drinking. Using dark beer gives the bread a stronger beer flavor and a little darker color. Light beer gives it a lighter color and IPA’s will have a stronger hoppy taste. So, depending on what kind of flavor you are going for, choose your beer accordingly.
So now that we have the beer covered, let’s talk about flour. Many recipes for beer bread use self-rising flour. While this makes it super easy, because there are fewer ingredients to measure, self-rising flour isn’t something I typically have in the cupboard. Do you? If you do, then you can substitute 3 cups of self rising flour for the regular flour, but BE SURE to omit the baking powder and salt from the original recipe.
FYI, on a a little side note…In recipes that call for self-rising flour, for every cup required, you can substitute a mixture of 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. (Just in case you come across a recipe that uses self-rising flour and you don’t have any).
Back to the flour in this recipe. One thing you need to be sure to do is SIFT. I know…I usually don’t sift flour either. But for this recipe, you really need to. Sifting the flour lightens it, so it isn’t as compact when you measure it. In this case, since there are so few ingredients, it really does make a difference. If you don’t sift the flour and then measure, your bread may be heavier. So please, sift the flour, then spoon into the measuring cup to measure. If you don’t have a sifter, a wire sieve works too. If you don’t have either, then lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup, being sure not to tap the cup and cause the flour to settle.
OK, now onto the sweet side. Some recipes don’t use any sugar, which I think is really a necessary ingredient. I tried one recipe this way and it had a very strong beer flavor. I really missed the sweetness. This Honey Beer Bread uses a little sugar and honey, which sweetens your bread and gives a little honey flavor.
The last variation in many recipes was the melted butter that goes on the outside. Some had you pour it on before baking, while others did it at the end. I found that when you pour the melted butter over the batter before baking, your bread will get the nicest crunchy, buttery crust. YUM!
So that’s it! A can of beer and a few simple pantry ingredients all mixed up in a bowl with a spoon and you will have this hearty, sweet and malty bread in under an hour! Slather on some butter, maybe a drizzle of honey and serve it warm with your Irish dinner (or ANY dinner). It couldn’t get any easier! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Baking!
Yields 1 loaf
10 minPrep Time
50 minCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (12-oz) can or bottle of beer
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray; set aside.
- To measure flour: Sift flour; spoon into measuring cup; scrape off excess flour with straight edge.
- Pour 3 cups flour into large mixing bowl; add baking powder, sugar and salt; stir together to combine.
- Add beer and honey; stir with spoon until combined.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan; pour melted butter evenly over all.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and serve warm