Easy Basic Beer Bread Recipe Uses Only 5 Ingredients

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Beer bread is a quick & easy bread recipe that requires no kneading. No rising. NO KIDDING! Check out this super simple bread recipe.

Quick & easy bread recipe that requires no kneading? No rising? NO KIDDING! Check out this easy beer bread recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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What Ingredients Are In Beer Bread?

This is one of the easiest homemade breads you’ll ever make. There are only 5 ingredients in beer bread: 

Quick & easy bread recipe that requires no kneading? No rising? NO KIDDING! Check out this easy beer bread recipe. #TexasHomesteader

      • 3 cups all-purpose flour

      • 1 Tablespoon baking powder  

      • 1 teaspoon salt

      • 1/4 cup sugar

      • 12-ounce beer   

Truly it’s a mix / pour / bake bread that turns out moist & delicious every time! 

What Beer Works Best For Beer Bread?

The style of beer you use for your bread will affect your bread’s flavor. But each is appropriate depending upon the result you’re after.

    • Dark Style Beers such bocks, stout, guinness styles impart a more robust flavor to beer bread. This works best when you’re baking your bread without additional flavors/herbs added and want the beer flavors to shine through.
    • Lighter Style Beers such as lager, pilsner & lite beers have less flavor impact to your bread and work well where you’re adding additional flavors you want to emphasize such as pesto, rosemary or other flavors.

Does Beer Bread Have To Rise?

Beer bread doesn’t require rising or kneading. It’s a quick bread that uses beer for the liquid requirement as well as the yeast. 

For the basic recipe I want the flavor of the beer to shine through! But I typically use whatever I’ve got. Even with a lighter-flavored commercial beer this bread is delicious. 

This beer bread recipe is no-knead and no-rise - just stir & bake! #TexasHomesteader

Here’s the quick read of my basic beer bread procedure:

      • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

      • Stir in one 12-oz bottle of beer

      • Pour batter into a greased loaf pan

      • Bake 55-60 minutes

Ta-Daaaaaa!  Now wasn’t that easy??

BAKER’S NOTE:  Don’t forget the basic rule of making bread – never just scoop the flour into the measuring cup. 

Instead use a spoon to fill your measuring cup, then use the back of a knife across the top of the measuring cup to scrape off the excess.

This will assure you are measuring the correct amount of flour.

I like to add a touch of melted bacon grease or butter to the top of the loaf about 10 minutes before it comes out of the oven. That step makes the crust less crunchy and the bread moist and more flavorful.

Of course you could skip this step for a crustier crust, but RancherMan & I prefer it this way.

How To Flavor Plain Beer Bread

I make regular beer bread all the time. But sometimes I want it flavored. 

I’ll make a Pesto Dried-Tomato Flavored Bread with homemade basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes & olive oil.  

Homemade beer bread seasoned with Italian pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. #TexasHomesteader

Sometimes I’ll chop fresh rosemary from the garden & add cheddar cheese for a delicious  Rosemary/Cheddar-Flavored Bread

Basic beer bread can be flavored with herbs and cheese for a whole different flavor. #TexasHomesteader

Or one of our faves, adding diced jalapenos & cheddar cheese.

I’ve even added brown sugar and chopped cinnamon-spiced apples for a desserty kind of apple cinnamon bread.

It’s all delicious! 

Beer Bread Is A Quick Homemade Bread Option

I love to whip up a quick loaf of beer bread to enjoy with our supper. Heck I’ll often bake two loaves at a time – sometimes different flavors!

It’s just as easy to whip up two loaves as to bake only one. I mean, they both cook in the oven at the same time using the same electricity so why not??

Truth be told, I’ve even made a couple of loaves when we didn’t have homemade Sandwich Bread to spread our homemade Egg Salad on. It’s so much faster than traditional bread recipes. 

I mean c’mon, no kneading, no rising – just mix & bake?  Yes please!

Yeah I can be a lazy cook sometimes…  But what’s not to love about this recipe?

The bread is hefty, yet soft & moist. And the taste?? DELICIOUS!

Did you make this beer bread? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Basic Beer Bread Recipe, Makes (1) 9x5 loaf

Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword beer, bread, easy recipe, no knead
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 12-oz. flavorful beer such as a bock (or 1-1/2 cup )
  • 4 Tablespoons melted bacon grease or olive oil, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (350°F for glass pan.) Mix dry ingredients together, then slowly add beer & stir to combine.

  2. Transfer batter into well-oiled 9×5 glass loaf pan and bake on middle rack for 45 minutes.
  3. If a softer crust is desired, remove pan from oven when 10 minutes baking time remains and pour 4 tablespoons of melted bacon grease (or olive oil) evenly over the surface of the loaf. Then return pan to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes baking time.

  4. When baking is complete, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then carefully remove bread from pan and place on baker’s rack. Cover the warm bread with a clean kitchen towel & allow to cool completely.


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4 thoughts on “Easy Basic Beer Bread Recipe Uses Only 5 Ingredients

  1. Greg Hill

    Ok Tammy ,So you have convinced me to go buy some beer now ….lol I needed a good excuse to buy it and this bread recipe fills the need for buying beer…. lol. I drink beer maybe once a year, but have never tried it in bread, beer batter pancakes hasn’t happen yet either but there are those who swear by it. Right now I love the super-fast no-knead, no rise bread idea … done in an hour, is right up my alley. I’ll be giving this one a try this week. Thanks for sharing, if I do well with this then off to the flavored one’s. Thanks again.

  2. Dorky Mama

    That looks so good! I absolutely love fresh baked bread. You just can’t beat the taste (and the added bonus of a house that smells amazing all day lol) Great recipe!

  3. Jenny MacB

    Thank you for sharing this. I often want to make bread but sometimes don’t have the time.

  4. Laurinda

    Thank you Tammy, that does sound delicious, I can’t wait to try it!


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