Beer Bread Recipe

Beer Bread
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    150 min
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Have you ever baked with beer? Don't worry. It is really easy to do and doesn't require any additional or strange steps. This one loaf beer bread recipe is a beginner’s bread. It uses only one cup of the beer of your choice and has a lovely beer flavor after it’s baked. It is great for snacking, football game munchies, and for dipping into a bowl of chili.

What You'll Need

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup beer, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

How to Make It

  1. In small bowl, mix water and yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved.
     
  2. In large bowl, add beer, cream cheese, sugar, and salt. Pour in yeast and stir.
     
  3. Mix in 2-1/2 cups flour. Turn out onto floured board and knead in the remaining half cup of flour or until the dough is soft and smooth.
     
  4. Put dough in greased bowl and turn dough so that the top is greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.
     
  5. Punch down dough with your fist. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 1 minute.
     
  6. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
     
  7. Form dough into 1 loaf. Put into buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.
     
  8. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
     
  9. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or dishtowel.

Like all bread recipes, there are things you can do to alter the ingredients and make a beer bread that is suitable for your diet.

First, never use tap water to make your yeast breads. Tap water can sometimes contain chlorine and that will kill off the yeast. If your water goes through a water softener, that too will kill off the yeast. Always use bottled water or fresh well water for bread baking.

You can use any kind of beed for this recipe. I was once given a few heavy German beers that were too strong for me to drink (I am such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol). Since I couldn't drink the beer, I used it for baking breads instead. The resulting breads had a delicious, rich flavor that just could not be beat.

If you are vegan, you can use vegan cream cheese in this recipe. I like to use Daiya cream cheese.

You can use any type of sugar in this recipe. You can also replace the sugar with honey. If you are vegan, you can use coconut sugar.