Easy Beer Bread With Self-Rising Flour Recipe | CDKitchen.com (2024)

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This ultra-simple, ultra-tasty recipe only requires four ingredients, and one of them makes a tasty refreshment to enjoy while your bread is baking. Don't let anybody tell you that beer isn't a pantry staple.

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3 cups self-rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 can (12 ounce size) beer
1/4 cup melted butter


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

Combine the self-rising flour, sugar, and beer in a mixing bowl and stir until completely combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Brush the top of the bread with the melted butter and return the bread to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes longer.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in the pan then remove to a rack to cool completely before slicing and storing. Store the beer bread in an airtight container.

recipe tips

Be careful not to overmix the batter or the bread may turn out tough.

Letting the batter sit for a few minutes before baking can improve the rise.

Experiment with different types of beer to find a flavor you like.

For a sweeter bread, increase the sugar slightly or add a tablespoon of honey.

Serve warm with butter, honey, or jam for a delicious treat.

If the top is browning too quickly, tent the bread with foil during the last part of baking.

Remember, the type of beer used will greatly influence the flavor of the bread.

common recipe questions

Can I use any type of beer for this recipe?

Yes, different beers will result in different flavors, so feel free to experiment.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the beer?

Non-alcoholic beer can be used, or club soda for a similar texture but without the beer flavor.

Can I add other ingredients to the bread?

Yes, you can add things like chopped fresh or dried herbs, shredded cheese, or chopped onions.

Why do I need to brush the bread with butter?

Brushing with butter adds flavor and helps create a golden, crispy crust.

Can I use a different type of flour if I don't have self-rising flour?

You can make your own self-rising flour by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt per cup of all-purpose flour.

How do I know when the bread is fully baked?

The bread should be golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

Can this bread be made in a bread machine?

This recipe is best made in the oven due to its quick-bread nature but if your machine has a quick-bread setting follow your manufacturer directions for making the bread.

How should I store the leftover beer bread?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.

Can I freeze this bread?

Yes, wrap it well and freeze for up to 3 months.

Is this bread suitable for making sandwiches?

It's best for toasting or as a side due to its dense and hearty texture.

nutrition data

84 calories, 2 grams fat, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per slice. This recipe is low in fat.

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reviews & comments

  1. Hairball March 4, 2023

    Making it for the first time. ÂGot recipe from Mom. I have a question: Can you use Olive Oil instead of Butter for the top? Â

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      It may change the texture a little but it should work fine.

  2. debbieculley11 REVIEW:
    February 23, 2022

    Love, love, love this recipe!! I have made it at least 5 times since I found it. I cannot keep enough six packs of beer in the house to make it. It is so delicious and easy. I serve it with my favorite chicken and noodle recipe and also navy beans! This bread is also delicious when heated slightly and buttered in the morning for breakfast. Great for a snack or with any meal.

  3. Branielle REVIEW:
    April 27, 2020

    Excellent! I add Guinness for the beer. I kneaded the dough lightly, so it would not become dense. It was perfect!!! Its all in the beer!

  4. Guest REVIEW:
    April 23, 2020

    How about dark beer? I have a bottle left

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      You can use any kind of beer, just know that what you use will affect the final flavor of the bread (so with dark beer, the flavor will be stronger).

  5. MissPickleton REVIEW:
    April 23, 2020

    Thank you - i have made around four loafs! I love how quick and easy it is. I added fresh rosemary on top and it was delicious 😋 Ps: I’m now out of self raising flour 🤣😂 and the store has sold-out. Can you use with all purpose flour ?

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      If you have all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt, you can make your own self-rising flour

  6. Will REVIEW:
    April 14, 2020

    I had very low expectations for this recipe, but the only flour I could find in the store during the COVID pandemic was self-rising and I really wanted to make some bread to go with bbq dinner. I used this recipe unmodified except for adding 4 oz of sharp cheddar cheese and 6-8 pickled jalapeños (chopped). The bread came out pretty good! Not as good as my usual yeast bread, but it was moist, a little fluffy and plenty tasty. If I hadn’t added anything I think it’d be bland without at least some salt added, and maybe some butter in the dough would help too. Also, the bread was pretty wet at the bottom of the pan but I removed it from the pan the. popped it back in the oven for a few minutes and that fixed it. I’ll make this recipe again, adding some salt at least, and maybe try different herbs. I’ve got plenty of self-rising flour to experiment with and, at least for now, enough beer...

  7. Any C REVIEW:
    March 25, 2020

    Loved this recipe. Out of yeast so this was perfect! Easy recipe and taste great!

  8. Chicky REVIEW:
    March 17, 2020

    Made very easy and bread is dense but flavor is good.

  9. Msterry December 30, 2012

    1st thing is, this is a general comment about beer bread, not this specific recipe. You should be aware that the flavor of the beer is very obvious in the finished product. The 2nd time my daughter & I attempted beer bread we put in lots of cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg. The flavor of the beer was just too intense for us.

  10. luv2cook REVIEW:
    December 23, 2010

    Use a dark lager beer for best results!

  11. muriel December 1, 2008

    I make this recipe a lot, but only use 1/4 cup sugar or less. 1 cup sugar seems a lot for a dinner bread! Also, agree with another poster, put some melted butter or margarine on the top. Very important to sift all dry ingredients for airiness! Quick bread simply cannot get easier than this. Also, roll the dough out, sprinkle with raisans and cinnamon, roll it up, slap in a greased pan - great tea bread or toast.

  12. judy REVIEW:
    January 9, 2008

    an old favorite and so simple to make. the crispier the top the better the bread.

  13. jpsmom REVIEW:
    May 22, 2007

    I made this with a beer and also made five mini loafs with fruit punch (carbondated). They were great!

  14. Guest Foodie April 24, 2007

    I haven't baked this yet, but it sounds delish!

  15. Becky REVIEW:
    March 19, 2007

    I made this bread for supper this evening and we LOVED it! I used to purchase a mix for $6/loaf plus the cost of the beer, and found this recipe not only a lot cheaper but much tastier! I did add one thing though, and that was that I brushed melted margarine over the top of the bread after it baked. Next time I will grease my pan....I did have some trouble getting it out of the loaf pan.

  16. GuyH REVIEW:
    November 1, 2006

    Just baked a loaf using this recipe. It was easy and quick. The bread is very good, but probably would have been better using a non-lite beer.


Easy Beer Bread With Self-Rising Flour Recipe | CDKitchen.com (2024)


Does self-rising flour work for bread? ›

Of course you can! After all, the difference between self raising flour and plain flour is that it has baking powder and some salt added to it. What is this? Baking powder acts very similarly to soda when making bread and the Irish just love soda breads!

Can I use self-raising flour instead of plain flour for bread? ›

The answer depends purely on what type of bread you wish to make, as different recipes call for different flour types. You can use self-raising, plain or strong white bread flour to make a range of loaves. If celiac or gluten intolerant you can also buy gluten-free bread flour to bake with.

Can self-rising flour be used in a bread machine? ›

Self-rising flour is a combination of salt, flour and a leavening agent. While not traditionally used in conjunction with bread machines, self-rising flour can be used as a substitute for bread flour. The process of making bread in a bread machine using self-rising flour slightly differs, as ...

Do you need active yeast with self-rising flour? ›

Or don't have any idea what self-rising flour is? It's just what it sounds like—a type of flour that makes baked goods rise without the addition of baking powder or yeast. Self-rising flour is often called for in recipes for biscuits, cornbread, and quick breads.

What happens if I use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour? ›

Ah, as I suspected: the self-rising flour cookies (right), with their lower protein, start to spread more quickly than those made with all-purpose flour. And that quicker spread yields slightly larger, flatter cookies.

When should you not use self-rising flour? ›

Do not use self rising flour with yeast-raised breads or sourdough. As a general rule, you probably do not want to use self rising flour if there is another leavening agent called for in the recipe, such as yeast or baking soda. The leavening in the self rising flour should be enough.

Which is better, baking soda or baking powder? ›

When to use which one. Baking soda is used in recipes that also include an acidic ingredient, such as cream of tartar, buttermilk, or citrus juice. Conversely, baking powder is typically used when the recipe doesn't feature an acidic ingredient, as the powder already includes the acid needed to produce carbon dioxide.

Which flour is best for bread making? ›

While bread flour is the best option, it can sometimes be used if you don't have bread flour. “Check the protein content,” advises Chef Jürgen, since it can vary from brand to brand, and an all-purpose flour that contains protein on the higher end of the range, 12 to 13 percent, will produce a better outcome.

Why did my bread sink in the middle in my bread maker? ›

Bread that rises, then collapses in the middle as it bakes -- the infamous “crater bread” -- contains too much liquid. Adjust your formula. Adding a couple of teaspoons of flour along with the raisins/nuts helps the dough in the machine to “open up” and accept whatever you're adding more easily.

Why does my bread keep falling in my bread machine? ›

Too much yeast was added.

If you add more than the called for amount of yeast (i.e. because you wanted to try & make a fluffier bread), it can cause the bread to rise too much and then collapse.

Why did my bread not rise in the bread machine? ›

The temperature and humidity level of the kitchen can make a big difference in the resulting loaf. If it's cold or drafty, your dough might take longer to proof properly. The bread machine is simply operating on a timer, so it can't know if your loaf didn't rise to double its size in the normally allocated time.

Why add baking powder to self-raising flour? ›

Self-raising flour contains a leavening agent (usually baking powder) which is added to help the cake rise. Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are also leavening agents that help the cake rise. Adding all three together could make the cake rise too much, causing it to be dense and crumbly or even collapse.

What is self-raising flour called in the USA? ›

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all-purpose flourall-purpose flourplain flour
self-rising flourself-rising flourself-raising flour
cornstarch or corn starchcornstarchcorn flour
golden raisinssultana raisinssultanas
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Can you replace yeast with self-rising flour? ›

As a general rule, don't use self raising flour if there is another leavening agent called for in the recipe such as yeast or baking soda. The leavening in the self raising flour is usually enough. More, don't substitute self raising flour in your recipe without paying close attention to the rest of the recipe.

What does self raising flour need to activate? ›

Baking powder: Add 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder for its leavening effect. This will take your flour from "all-purpose" to "self-rising."

Will dough rise if yeast not activated? ›

If you make dough with active dry yeast that you have not first dissolved, you will get dough filled with little granules of dry yeast. This will be very ugly. Also, your dough won't rise very well because most of the yeast will still be encapsulated and will not be able to access the flour in your dough for food.

What's the difference between active dry yeast and self rising yeast? ›

Active Dry Yeast vs.

Active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in warm water to be activated—a process called proofing—before it can be added to your dry baking ingredients. Instant dry yeast particles are smaller, and therefore do not need to be proofed before being added to dry ingredients.

Can I use rise yeast instead of active dry yeast? ›

Active dry and instant yeasts can be substituted for one another at a 1:1 ratio. Active dry yeast will take about 15 to 20 minutes longer to rise than instant yeast. To encourage active dry yeast to start its activity without having to proof, just use very warm water in your dough mixture (120-130°F).

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