Nothing's as simple as making beer bread, which takes longer to toast than it does to whip up in the first place. (You do have to bake it, however.)

It gives a new meaning to the Hair of the Dog breakfast: start your day with a slice of toasted beer bread, made with, perhaps, Hair of the Dog’s Adam, Ruth or Fred. Whichever beer you choose to leaven this homemade bread, it’ll be the easiest way to kick off any day all month, July being Oregon Craft Beer month. It’s also the easiest homemade bread ever.

Beer bread, a tried and true classic of home baking, is a natural way to get the multi-tasking most out of your favorite local beverage. The alcohol burns off in the baking process, so it’s also a fine introduction of the sudsy brew to any little ones in your household (though you might not want to advertise that fact). 

With only four ingredients (some recipes call for even fewer) and a bit of stirring to be done, the process of making beer bread hardly even counts as work. It’s worth the couple minutes of time just to see the way the flour mixture foams up when you pour in that bottle of beer.

Fun in the kitchen – and that’s before you’ve even had a sip of the beer itself! Don’t cheat and drink from the bottle that is intended for the bread, though, or you’ll be leaving out some of the leavening yeast that will make the bread rise properly.

This recipe makes a great piece of toast. It's not too sweet as is, but you can cut out some of the sugar if that suits you. You can also add any number of extras, or try different beers to see what effect their flavor will have. Generally, with light colored beer (pilsner or lager), the beer flavor is very subtle; it's there because the yeast it contains makes the bread rise, just as powdered yeast in any other bread recipe does the job otherwise. Pouring in the beer just makes the job easier. If only all aspects of life were so simple!

Easiest Beer Bread

Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.

1 can beer (12 ounces)
3 cups all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar (or less)
7 teaspoons baking powder

  • Grease a loaf pan. 
  • Mix together dry ingredients, add beer, and stir. 
  • Spoon batter into greased loaf pan.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, until browned.
Extras to try: chopped herbs (dill); grated cheese (1/4-1/2 cup cheddar, for instance, per loaf); chopped crispy bacon; even berries, dried or fresh.

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