I’ve been on a bread baking kick lately. It’s just so easy to throw together and it does all the work for you! This Honey Beer Bread recipe has been floating around the cloud for years and everyone has their version of it, but I finally saw a photo of it so appealing that I had to make it. (This delectable photo is mine, but the other one was good, too…)
I kept thinking it needed some oil or butter in the actual dough, but the butter that’s melted and poured on the bottom and top of the dough ends up making a buttery-golden crust. The texture of the bread is wonderfully soft with a little bit of a chew.
I borrowed one of Bret’s lite beers for the beer portion and it gave the bread an unexpected yeasty “real bread” flavor without tasting like beer. I brushed a little more butter on top after it was baked and sprinkled a bit of sea salt, but that’s not necessary. Good, but not necessary. This was delicious right out of the oven, but best after it was completely set, then warmed up with a bit of butter. It tasted like I had really worked hard at baking bread! I think you’ll enjoy this.
- 3 C flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1, 12 oz can light beer
- 1/4 C butter , melted
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5x3" loaf pan and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking power and salt in a medium bowl. Stir the beer and honey together in a small bowl until combined, then pour it into the dry ingredients, stirring until just mixed. The dough will be fairly sticky.
Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Spoon the batter evenly into the pan and then pour the rest of the butter on top of the butter, making sure to cover it evenly.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack and cool completely before slicing.
Tips and Stuff: I've been asked if you can substitute something for the beer and I really think not. It gives the bread a good texture and yeasty flavor. A dark beer would be OK, too. It would be more earthy and beer-tasting I think. I thought about adding 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and some chives. That would make a great flavored bread with this recipe. Some of the recipes recommended warming the honey 5-10 seconds in the microwave before stirring into the beer so it will blend better.