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posted: 05/03/17

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This Three Ingredient Beer Bread could not be more simple to make, or delicious! This beer bread recipe is the easiest way to make homemade bread.

up close photo of three ingredient beer bread that has had to pieces sliced

Three Ingredient Beer Bread is so much better than what you get using a mix, and it is just as easy to make! It doesn’t require you to proof yeast and it’s only 3 ingredients! Plus it’s so easy to add in other mix ins, like honey or cheese! As an added bonus, you don’t even need a bread machine.

READER REVIEW

“Was looking for a simple bread recipe, and it cant be any simpler. Love it, love it, love it.” – Arlene

Why this Three Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe Works

This beer bread recipe starts with self rising flour. Self rising flour is a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt. The combination of the baking powder and the salt work together to act as a leavening agent.

In my pizza dough recipe you can see how we add yeast (the leavening agent) to warm water and wait for it to proof before adding it to the flour mixture and letting that dough rise.

By using self rising flour, we skip that step in this recipe.

High fives all around for great easy recipes.

How to Make Self Rising Flour

To make your own Self Rising Flour, combine 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

overhead photo of beer bread recipe in pan

What the of Beer to use in Beer Bread

I get that question a lot with this recipe. The answer is: Whatever type of beer you like. It is important to use a beer that you would drink on it’s own because that is the primary flavor in this bread.

I use a pilsner because it is light and doesn’t have an intense flavor. Though I have only made this recipe with Pilsner, it is true that your beer bread will rise differently with different types of beers because of the different amount of yeast in the different beers.

This is a great recipe to play around with and figure out what you like.

three ingredient beer bread recipe in bread pan next to two glass of beer

Butter on Top

A lot of recipes call for a few tablespoons of melted butter on top of the bread. I didn’t include that because I think the beer bread is great without it. But if you are looking for something richer, add that!

Beer Bread Variations

Because this recipe is so simple there are a lot of variations that can be done.

I’ve turned it into Monkey Bread.

It is also absolutely delicious when you toss in some cream cheese and make it Jalapeño Popper Beer Bread.

This beer bread recipe is amazing when you add just a little cheese and bacon, like I did in this Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread.

What to serve with Three Ingredient Beer Bread

This bread would be a great addition to any of my soup recipes!

I also love it best when cut into cubes and served with my Spinach Dip. I mean, I loved it so much, I even turned this recipe into a bread bowl to serve with the dip.

If you make any of these recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you!

overhead view of beer bread recipe loaf with a piece cut and butter spread on it
Three Ingredient Beer Bread couldn't be simpler to make! This beer bread recipe is the easiest way to make homemade bread. Watch our video recipe tutorial!
4.91 from 30 votes

Three Ingredient Beer Bread

Serves: 10 slices
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
This Three Ingredient Beer Bread could not be more simple to make, or delicious! This beer bread recipe is the easiest way to make homemade bread.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 oz beer

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 by 5 inch bread pan with cooking spray.
  • Gently mix together the flour, sugar, and beer until it is throughly combined. The batter will be thick.
  • Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and let sit for five minutes in the pan, remove and let cool completely before slicing.
Serving: 1slice Calories: 171kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 39.1g (13%) Protein: 3.6g (7%) Sodium: 480mg (21%) Potassium: 42.2mg (1%) Fiber: 1.2g (5%) Sugar: 10.6g (12%) Calcium: 72mg (7%) Iron: 1.3mg (7%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Three Ingredient Beer Bread couldn't be simpler to make! This beer bread recipe is the easiest way to make homemade bread. Watch our video recipe tutorial!

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  1. Dawn says

    5 stars
    Yum! I made this exactly As instructed and it was great! I also made the recipe with a 12 ounce can of ginger ale instead of beer and it was light and delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it Dawn!

  2. Sandiclaws says

    Hi. I don’t drink beer but scuttlebutt says Canadian beers have a higher alcohol content than American beers. Will this affect the recipe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I can’t imagine that it would. Alcohol content varies greatly in beer – anywhere from 5% to 10%. And I know people have had good luck with some of those darker, higher alcohol content beers.

  3. Arlene Gregory says

    5 stars
    Was looking for a simple bread recipe, and it cant be any simpler. Love it, love it, love it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Arlene!

  4. chris mead says

    I like the idea of this bread, but don’t drink real beer, can this be made with non-alcoholic beer?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it, let me know how it goes! I know others have had good luck with soda.

  5. Maggie says

    Have you ever tried making multiple and freezing it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I have not. If you give it a go let me know how it goes!

  6. Morgan K says

    5 stars
    I’ve made several different beer bread recipes. Some with yeast, some without. This is , by a huge mile, the best obe i have ever made or tasted. If I’m serving it for guests, I usually make it in individual breads, either in large muffin cups or free-form small loaves and call them “beer bellies”. I also add finely chopped chives and fresh dill for onion-dill bread. Ahhh. Beef & barley soup is on the menu for Saturday so I will be making parmesan beer bellies to go with. Thank you so much for this recipe. You are good at this.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it!

  7. Virginia Satterwhite says

    Can I use a hard cider instead?

    • Lisa Longley says

      For sure! People have used sodas and all sorts of other things. I think hard cider would definitely work.

  8. Jan Waddell says

    Love to try this recipe since I can’t find a y bread due to the pandemic I have regular unbleached flour. Another item I can’t buy right now is self rising flour. Can I use regular flour with baking soda or baking powder
    This would be great to make in these troubled times

  9. Dorothy A. says

    5 stars
    The bread came out of the oven and my first slice was still barely warm since I couldn’t wait any longer. DELICIOUS! I’ll definitely make this again!

  10. Kim says

    Tried it today. Was really good!! I added 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract to mine. Will definitely be making this again.

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