Honey Beer Bread

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My favorite honey beer bread recipe is ultra-easy to make with just 6 ingredients (no yeast required) and tastes so buttery and delicious!

Honey Beer Bread Recipe

Looking for an easy homemade bread recipe that doesn’t require a packet of yeast?

This honey beer bread recipe is here for you. ♡

If you have never made beer bread before, I’m telling you, bread-baking doesn’t get any easier than this!  Simply stir 5 basic ingredients together (flour, baking powder, salt, beer and honey), brush melted butter on top of the batter, and bake until golden.  Then — voila! — in less than an hour, the most delicious, buttery, cozy and comforting beer bread will yours to enjoy in no time.

It can be served up with just about any kind of meal, although we’re especially partial to dipping it in soups and stews at our house.  It can also be easily frozen and saved for later, if you would like.  And it’s also easy to customize with various herbs or a handful of shredded cheese, if you would like.

I have probably made this recipe hundreds of times, and thousands of our readers have made and loved it too.  So if you haven’t yet given it a try, I say it’s time! ♡

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How To Make Beer Bread

Honey Beer Bread Ingredients:

All you need are 6 simple ingredients to make this honey beer bread recipe:

  • All-purpose flour: This recipe is total comfort food for me, so I have only ever made it with all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder: To help the bread rise.
  • Salt: I used fine sea salt.
  • Honey: Which balances out the savory flavors here with the perfect hint of sweetness.
  • Beer: I typically use an IPA, but just about any kind of favorite beer will work in this recipe!
  • Butter: Which we will use to grease the pan and brush on top of the bread to give it some extra-delicious buttery flavor.

Honey Beer Bread

How To Make Beer Bread:

Alright, here are the basic steps for how to make beer bread — it couldn’t be easier!

  1. Make the batter. Super simple!  Just stir together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then stir in the beer and honey until combined.
  2. Add the butter.  Pour about half of the melted butter into a 9×5-inch bread pan, and brush it all around to grease the inside of the pan.  Add the batter and spread it out in an even layer.  Then brush the remaining melted butter evenly on top of the batter.
  3. Bake. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove and transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Serve. Slice with a bread knife, serve warm and enjoy!

(Detailed recipe instructions and ingredient amounts included in the full recipe below.)

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Possible Beer Bread Variations:

Want to customize this beer bread recipe?  Feel free to…

  • Add herbs: Stir some fresh or dried herbs into the batter.  (I especially love adding in some fresh or dried rosemary.)
  • Add garlic: Feel free to also mince a clove or two of garlic and add it to the batter to make garlic beer bread.
  • Add cheese: Add in a cup or so of shredded cheese to make cheesy beer bread.

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Beer Bread Recipe

Honey Beer Bread

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Description

This honey beer bread recipe is quick and easy to make with just 6 simple ingredients!  See notes above for possible seasonings that you can add in too.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the batter. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined.  Slowly pour the beer and honey into the flour mixture, and stir until combined.
  3. Add the butter.  Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of a 9×5-inch bread pan, and brush it around to grease the inside of the pan.  Add the batter and spread it out in an even layer.  Then brush the remaining melted butter evenly on top of the batter.
  4. Bake. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove and transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Serve. Slice with a bread knife, serve warm and enjoy!


Notes

Honey: If your honey seems super-thick and does not drizzle easily, I recommend warming it up in the microwave or on the stovetop for a few seconds so that it will mix into the batter more easily.

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569 comments on “Honey Beer Bread”

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  1. Should you use warm beer that is flat? Or just room temperature beer?

    • Use room temp. It doesn’t need to be flat, just open it before you start measuring and it’ll be fine.

  2. Cracked across the top. What could the problem be?

  3. I’ve gotten to the point where I make this once a week! It’s so easy and it’s in the oven in only 15 min prep time! Love that! Came to the comments to see everyone’s ideas for other add-ins. This is a staple in my kitchen. It’s in the oven now with an IPA. I like the strong taste from the IPA but the kids enjoy the smoother flavor of a more Hefeweizen. It really will change the flavor of the bread and the alcohol cooks out. I want to try with different flours and see if I can sneak in any healthy ones. :)

  4. I followed the instructions to a T and it came out so well! I used a Michelob Ultra Infusions Lime & Prickly Pear Cactus and it gave it almost an olive oil flavor that was so amazing. Loved having this bread toasted with some butter! Will make it again. YUM.

  5. I tried another beer bread with no honey but this one seems MUCH better I’ll try it

  6. I made another beer bread but this looks much better with the honey I’ll try it too

  7. hi there! i have some cider in the fridge with a 7% alcohol content. Would that work as a replacement for the beer? thanks!

    • The Alcohol content doesn’t matter much. Mainly, it helps the rise from the yeast already in the beer and carbonation. I use Shiner myself and it comes out dense in texture but light in flavor. I think a cider bread would taste amazing with some honey butter!

  8. Simple, fast, easy, Great taste and texture. Made it to eat with fresh homemade soup. Loved it..

  9. Great recipe. Made it last week with honey will try a more savoury option this week!

  10. I sort of liked the bread. We used a Goose Island IPA and I thought the beer tasted bitter, but wondered if it was the 1 Tablespoon of baking powder!!!

    Family didn’t like it. I am curious about the corona ~ so may try that :)

  11. I have made this 4×!
    I subbed out flour for gluten free flour.
    Honey for maple syrup
    Beer for tonic water
    Butter for vegan butter.
    Not only did I make this for me. I didn’t realize my gluten eating non vegan hubby would tear this up!
    I now make 2 at a time. Mine has raisins and cinnamon and his has cinnamon and sugar.

  12. I’ve just made this, good but too much baking soda. I’ve done a very similar recipe earlier this week w 2 tsp baking powder. Im thinking somewhere in between for the honey addition, maybe. I did like this rise on this one better but I could definitely taste the b. soda in the final product. Otherwise, perfect amount of honey, good texture and overall flavor. Will be trying again.

    Note – the beer used reallllly effects the flavor.

    • It calls for baking powder not soda. Maybe that’s the issue you’re having. I’ve made this several times (making it today to have with homemade soup) and it’s always delicious.

  13. Came out great and had to hide some from my roomate who went through half of a loaf dipping it into the Pot Roast gravy I made for it to go with.

  14. This was amazing- so easy, smelled wonderful while baking and was delicious! Thank you!

  15. Curious to know if anyone has tried this in a cast iron skillet?

  16. Just made this last week… added grated colby jack and sliced jalapeños. Sooooo good! This is my new “go to” bread!