Easy Basic Mix-n-Bake Beer Bread Recipe Uses Only 4 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 self-rising flour (see below to make self-rising flour from all-purpose flour if necessary)

      • 1 teaspoon salt

      • 4 Tablespoons sugar

      • 12-ounce beer   

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

What If You Only Have All-Purpose Flour?

If you only have all-purpose flour you can make self-rising flour by adding baking powder and salt.

For EACH CUP of all-purpose flour:

Make your own self-rising flour in seconds! #TexasHomesteader

So for the Three Cups of self-rising flour in this recipe you’ll substitute:

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

¾ teaspoon Salt (in addition to the salt called for in the recipe)

4½ teaspoons Baking Powder

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, stouts & porter 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 & ale 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 Batter Have To Rise?

Beer bread doesn’t require kneading or rising. 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

How To Make Simple Beer Bread

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 45-55 minutes until crust is nicely browned

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, olive oil 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.

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

How To Flavor Plain Beer Bread

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

Often I’ll had a couple of handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese and a minced jalapeno for cheesy-jalapeno bread.

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

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

Other times 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

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 in two 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 upon. It’s so much faster than traditional bread recipes. 

What’s not to love about this recipe? I mean c’mon, no kneading, no rising – just mix & bake?  Yes please!

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 45 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • 3 cups Self-rising flour (See note below to make self-rising flour from all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 12-oz. flavorful beer such as a bock (or 1½ cups )
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil or melted bacon grease, OPTIONAL


  1. Preheat oven to 365°F. In large bowl mix dry ingredients together, then slowly add beer & stir to combine.

  2. Transfer batter into oiled 9×5 loaf pan and bake on middle rack for 45-55 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned.

  3. NOTE: If a softer crust is desired, remove pan from oven when only 10 minutes baking time remains and pour 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil (or melted bacon grease) 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.

Recipe Notes

To make 3 cups Self-Rising Flour from All-Purpose Flour:

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

¾ teaspoon salt (in addition to the salt called for in the recipe)

4½ teaspoons Baking Powder


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4 thoughts on “Easy Basic Mix-n-Bake Beer Bread Recipe Uses Only 4 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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