Honey Beer Bread

Learn how to make homemade beer bread with this delicious recipe that’s naturally sweetened with honey!  All you need are 6 easy ingredients to make it.

This recipe for Honey Beer Bread is my absolute FAVORITE. It's super easy to make, calls for just 6 ingredients, and tastes perfectly buttery, sweet and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I will be the first to admit that I’ve never been much of a bread baker.

My desire to be one comes in waves, like last winter when I got into the habit of baking this crusty artisan bread in my Dutch oven when having people over, or two years ago when I probably baked a dozen batches of these yeasty rolls around the holidays, or the zillion or so times I’ve promised myself that this would be the week to try making homemade challah (but still never quite followed through).

I don’t know, I think I’ve just always loved the idea of being a fabulous bread baker, casually pulling freshly-risen loaves out of the oven with a flourish each day, more than I’ve actually liked the reality of messing around with yeast.  There just seem to be a few too many steps involved, and I’m that forgetful cook who will totally forget to check the dough while it’s rising.  Not to mention, it’s hard getting through an entire loaf living on your own!  (<– And I don’t care what anyone says, thawing leftover bread that has been frozen just never tastes the same! ?)

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely LOVE BREAD.  And oh my goodness, I think there are few better things in life than freshly-baked, warm bread pulled straight from the oven.  So the simple little compromise that I turn to more often than not when those bread cravings hit is this one simple recipe that I decided to dig up out of the blog archives today and share with you once again.

My all-time-favorite, 6-ingredient, ready-to-go-in-1-hour-from-start-to-finish, warm-and-buttery, naturally-sweetened, always-always-always-a-crowd-favorite recipe.

Honey Beer Bread.

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I absolutely LOVE my homemade Honey Beer Bread recipe! It calls for just 6 ingredients, it's super easy to make, and so delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

I first shared this recipe here back in 2009, when this new blog was fresh outta the oven itself.  ;)  And since then, I’ve made this recipe dozens and dozens and dozens of times.  Because you guys, it literally could not be easier.

Learn how to make homemade honey beer bread with this easy recipe! All you need are 6 ingredients, and this delicious beer bread recipe will be ready to go in no time! | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply whisk together some flour, baking powder, and salt.  Then pour in a bottle of beer and some honey.

Learn how to make beer bread with this simple recipe! It's nice and buttery and sweet, and only calls for 6 easy ingredients. Total comfort food! | gimmesomeoven.com

Stir it all together, then pour it in a bread pan that has been greased with a few tablespoons of butter (yes, that’s right).  Brush a little extra butter on top.

This delicious Honey Beer Bread recipe couldn't be easier to make. Just stir together 6 ingredients, pop it in the oven, and this delicious, buttery, sweet bread will be ready to go in less than an hour! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then bake it up to golden perfection.
My all-time favorite beer bread recipe is SO easy to make! All you need are 6 ingredients, and this honey-sweetened bread will be ready to go in less than an hour. | gimmesomeoven.com

And in less than an hour from start-to-finish, this gorgeous loaf of warm bread will be yours to enjoy.

This Honey Beer Bread is my favorite quick bread recipe! It just requires 6 simple ingredients, and tastes absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

And trust me, it is so beer-y delicious.  ;)

This Honey Beer Bread recipe only calls for 6 ingredients, and can be ready to go in under an hour. Absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Granted, over the years, I have tinkered with the ingredients a bit.  My original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, which I have since updated to just 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of all honey.  And occasionally I’ll sub in white whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose, which works well.  But guys, I’ve gotta be honest and say that I really recommend you make this one with all of the butter.  I mean, you’re welcome to leave it out and just butter your bread afterwards if you’d like.  But I’m convinced that those buttery crusts are the best part of this recipe.  So I highly recommend sticking with the recipe there.

The other brilliant thing about this easy recipe is that it’s virtually foolproof, so you never have to worry about having fresh yeast on hand, or keeping an eye on various rise times.  It’s just a quick, easy, and always delicious bread made with everyday ingredients (including your favorite flavor of beer!) that you can whip up at the last minute.  I especially love making it this time of year to go with soup season, but it’ll be good any day you’re craving some carbs.

So for those of you who missed this recipe the first time around, I hope that you enjoy it!

Happy baking!

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Honey Beer Bread

You will love this sweet, delicious (and easy!) beer bread! Detailed recipe and photographs included.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined.  Slowly pour the beer and honey into the flour mixture, and stir until combined.  (I recommend popping your honey in the microwave for a few seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in!)
  3. Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan, and spread it around evenly.  Then add the batter to the pan in an even layer, and brush the rest of the butter around evenly on top of the batter.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Serve immediately.

*My original recipe called for 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons honey, which still works!  I just prefer going with 100% honey nowadays.

**If you’d like a cheesier bread, feel free to stir in 1 cup grated sharp cheddar after you’ve mixed in the beer.

Recipe slightly adapted from Ezra Pound Cake.

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  4. Wow, I can’t wait to make this with my chili. It looks like the perfect Sunday bread recipe!

  5. I know this is probably a ridiculous question but, would this work with beer that has gone flat? My husband and I are not beer drinkers either but we always seems to have some around left over from boiling shrimp etc. I look forward to trying the recipe…it sounds so tasty! Many thanks!!

  6. That bread looks so good! I love recipes that incorporate unique ingredients, and I’ve never seen bread made with beer before. Thanks!

  7. Absolutely fantastic! I was looking for a beer bread recipe this morning and decided to try this one. The Boulevard Brewing beer cap is what sold me–I used to live in KC and loved the Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer. I’m glad I chose this recipe. It is absolutely fantastic! The first loaf disappeared quickly and I’m making a second loaf right now. Am going to try with cheese this time.

  8. can you substitute whole wheat flour? maybe go with the doubled butter?

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  11. The next day, when you have half a loaf of this fabulous beer bread leftover, apply butter to both sides of a slice. Now, pop this under the broiler until lightly crisped. Turn it over, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, pop back under he broiler till the cheese is all golden and bubbly. Cheese bread never tasted so good!

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  15. I made this with Sam Adam’s Octoberfest and it was awesome! I don’t have loaf pans so I used a dutch oven and it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe and tutorial.

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  17. This is a great recipe for beer bread, so much flavor. I am ditching my old recipe, which had more B. powder & salt, less flavor.

  18. Can you substiture White whole wheat flour?

  19. This recipe is simple and amazing !!!! The smell in the house is just divine as it bakes. I’ve made it a few times; doesn’t matter what kind of beer as it always turns out great.

    A keeper for sure !!!!!

  20. *READ THIS IF YOU ARE ALSO A COMPLETELY INEXPERIENCED BREAD-MAKER:)* I just made this, and had to post :) ! I’ve recently moved to Berlin with my brother, and we are living not so much on a shoe-string budget – as on one half of a split end :) But since I’m looking for work and he’s working, and it’s Friday, and Thanksgiving (we are British, but of American extraction) and our very generous landlord is coming back to share the flat tonight, I thought I’d make this, because not only is it comforting food for the Berlin winter – but it’s incredibly cheap! Anyhow, the flat doesn’t contain anything like a loaf pan, so I figured I’d replace it with a larger, ceramic casserole pan, and up the recipe by half to be sure to not have too much of a flat bread. Right? Wrong. In case anyone out there is as inexperienced as me in these things, then know that the recipe as stated (with pan dimensions) allows room for the rising of the bread and subsequent rising of the butter level. As it was, I went off to clean the bathroom (I’m vying for sister of the year, it seems) and came back to a kitchen full of smoke, which was pouring out of the oven, since the butter had overflowed, was burning on the base of said oven, and dripping copiously onto the floor. On the suggestion of my father (over the phone), I put a second (casserole) dish under the first to catch the rest of the overflow, but it basically smoked throughout baking. This meant that the top of the loaf was rather more burnt than it should have been, because it didn’t have the SPF of the butter :) but the happy conclusion to this all, with my fondest compliments to our hostess and talented composer of this recipe, is that despite all this, the loaf tastes divine, and is a cheap, homely, rustically elegant treat, which I will be serving to our landlord topped with crispy sliced apple and a cold glass of beer. Cheers! xxx

  21. Is there anything one could substitute for the beer? For teetotalers and alcoholics. Sounds (and looks) like a fabulously easy bread.

    • @Debbie, you could do this with coke, sprite, ginger ale, and have the same results with no alcohol. It would be sweeter and would require less to no sweetener depending on how sweet you like it and what you choose to use. Great recipe Ali!

    • @Debbie,

      I’ve been trying to find proper beer substitutes; I think you can use any carbonated beverage? I think it’s all about the carbonation but I could be wrong.

      The only thing I could come up with was club soda or carbonated mineral water, but like I said, I think ANY carbonated beverage would suffice as a beer substitute.

      Happy baking!

  22. I just took this bread out of the oven and my husband and I scarfed down two big pieces–amazing bread! I used one cup whole wheat flour along with two cups all purpose. I used brown sugar instead of white. I only had 6 oz. of Yuengling beer left over from another recipe, so to compensate I added 1/2 tsp. yeast, 2 oz. orange juice, and 4 oz. of water. YUM! Next time I will add some sunflower seeds for a little crunch. Thank you for this recipe!

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  24. I just made my second batch of this bread. My husband went “gaga” over it the first time but we had a house full of company and it disappeared way too fast. It’s delicious! I am a beekeeper so am always looking for recipes that use honey!

  25. This looks and sounds amazing! I’m already planning on making a loaf tomorrow!

  26. This is my go to bread recipe. So easy! We always have different beers in the house, so I love experimenting with flavors. Belgian wheat beers have produced the best results so far. I have a loaf in the oven right now, I used a white Christmas ale today. Thank you for this recipe! I love love love beer bread!

  27. I made this over the weekend… twice! First try, I used an IPA (Double Take IPA to be exact). The consistency was great and overall it was delicious, but it did have a slight bitter taste that made me wonder what affect other types of beers would have. On the second try I used a seasonal holiday ale (Deschutes Jubelale). I found the taste to be more pleasing, although it seemed to bake a bit differently – must faster than the last version, and didn’t rise as much. Both versions were delicious though, and I can’t wait to experiment with more beers. I think I will try a Belgian wheat beer next.

  28. If I use a hard cider, do I need to add yeast?

  29. I just made it, and i don’t know how it didn’t raise with baking powder + beer… But it is just sooooooooooo good !!! And it smells wonderful in my house right now

  30. I never usually comment on blog recipes but I just made this bread and it’s delish! This is going to be our breakfast for the next few days or however long it lasts. I used blue moon, and you could still smell the beer, but I wouldn’t say the bread had a bitter taste to it. We ate this with cheese/spreads/jam :). Thanks for the recipe!

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  32. I tried this tonight and it is delicious! And easy! I’m already planning to make it again and try cheese like you mentioned. Thanks much for the recipe.

  33. Just took this out of the oven, and had a slice! Amazing. Thank you

  34. I made this bread today to perk up some leftover cheddar chowder. Boy, did it ever! The bread is so yummy – flavorful, moist, seriously buttery crust – it’s going in the general rotation.

    Happy New Year!

  35. Best beer bread…ever! The house smells amazing! Thanks for a great recipe.

  36. Thank you Ali so much for sharing this recipe. It was so delicious and
    easy to make. It is now officially my favorite bread to eat and make.
    My daughters and I made a batch to try which was immediately
    gobbled up. So we made 2 more to share.

  37. I’m making this tonight. This will turn the nasty blueberry beer I have into something tasty! (I’m hoping anyways).

  38. Just made this and it was amazing! Modified it a bit, had some hunters extra dry cider that someone had left in our fridge and didn’t have my loaf pan so I used a large muffin tray. Had one straight out the oven, hot and buttery and so delicious!

  39. Will this recipe work in a bread machine?

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  42. I have made this twice in the past week. it is amazing! SO easy you don’t need a bread machine. Just 5 min (if even) to prep & pop it in the oven. delicious!

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  44. While drinking a rolling rock my friend decided it would taste amazing in beer bread (which I had previously never heard of) so thank you for this awesome recipe! We added dill in ours and it was delicious!

  45. I’m bummed after all the great reviews… mine didn’t turn out great. Some of it was defnitely the beer. It’s too bitter and I could still taste it. I used Somethin’ Somethin’. But what I mainly tasted was flour. I had put extra honey in it too. The only thing that saved it was that I had some honey butter to use when it was finished. Most of it is going in the trash. :<

  46. New follower here :)
    I stumbled acroos your recipe for honey beer bread. I changed a few things but turned out great!

    I posted about it over on my blog

    http://thenavymommyproject.blogspot.com/2013/01/raspberry-wheat-beer-bread.html

    xoxo Tara

  47. Just made this because I suddenly had the urge to bake bread for dinner and didn’t have time for a yeast bread. It’s so delicious and buttery! Great for a quick, warm treat on a cold day.

  48. I just made this bread for the first time and I loved it! I didn’t have any white flour on hand so I used whole wheat and it was delicious. I’m thinking my next loaf I’m going to use Guinness :)

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