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Beer Bread

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My friend Missy and her mom Merriann were telling me all about their recipe for beer bread. I just couldn’t understand how such a basic recipe could make anything deserving of such wonderful praise. But these ladies know their food, and Merriann is an amazing baker, so I really had to take their word for it

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On their recommendation, I decided to whip up a fast batch, (and I do mean fast) of this when I made Mulligatawny soup this afternoon.

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It took about 2 minutes of kneading the bread inside of the same bowl I added the ingredients to, and then I slapped it in a buttered loaf pan. One hour later I had a slightly sweet and yeasty flavored bread with a dense but moist inside and a hard and crusty outside. I quickly realized that the bread was so hard on the outside that it was not even meant to be sliced, but broken apart into chunks. Chunks that are absolutely perfect for dunking into soup.

I see how this comes together to make a simple bowl of soup a hearty and complete meal, and beer bread is not only delicious, but seriously the easiest homemade baked bread I have ever seen!

Beer Bread, serves 4-6
-3 cups self rising flour
-1/3 cup sugar
-½ tsp Kosher salt
-1 beer

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a loaf pan.

2) In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

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3) Add the beer and stir to combine.

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4) Knead with your hands while still in the bowl until the dough comes together and is moist all the way through.

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5) Place the dough in the buttered loaf pan.

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6) Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

7) When the bread is golden and cooked through, remove from the oven and pop out of the loaf pan.

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8) Break apart and serve hot.

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9) Delicious slathered with butter or dunked into hot soup!

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13 Comments

  1. Cassie says:

    I love making beer bread. So easy and so delicious. Perfect for soup dipping!

  2. I would definitley dunk chunks of this bread in a hearty soup! Yum.

  3. Beer bread is one of my favorite breads. Sweet and complex. And I bet is tasted great with your soup!

    • I can’t believe how many people have had this! I had never even heard of it!

  4. jenjenk says:

    i’ve always wanted to know how to make this! i can’t believe how easy it is!!! i’ve got to try this!

  5. Beer bread is awesome! Love this recipe!

  6. Anything with the words “beer” or “bread” involved and I am there! YUM!

  7. s jewett says:

    This look so good and too easy to be ture, I will make it with the soup. Great addition to a fast meal.

  8. DAVE says:

    For a suggestion, next time mix the dry ingredients and add chopped onions, chopped olives, and Italian herbs. Then mix in the beer. Put it in a greased, oven-proof skillet. Then poke holes in the top and pour on some olive oil. Bake.

  9. marla says:

    This bread does go perfect with your homemade soup! A must try recipe :)

  10. lisa says:

    Made this to go with my curried lentil and beef soup tonight and it was delicious. I took Dave’s suggestion and put some herbs in it and then dropped it into my oiled cast iron skillet. Drizzled with some olive oil and plopped the cast iron lid on. It didn’t get crunchy but it was still craggy and delicious!

    • Oh my- that sounds so good! I will totally have to try this- it is my husbands new favorite bread.