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Beer Bread

No yeast, no kneading and no rising time required for this quick 5-ingredient honey beer bread recipe!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Beer Bread, cheese beer bread recipe, Easy Beer Bread, honey beer bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 loaf (12 slices)
Calories 176kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of beer, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the self-rising flour, honey, beer, and salt until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf pan.
  • Pour melted butter over the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • Properly measure the flour. Always spoon and level the flour or weigh it on a kitchen scale -- do not scoop it out of the package. Incorrectly measuring the flour packs it too tightly into the measuring cup and results in a dense, dry loaf of bread.
  • Use a beer that you enjoy. Light beer is fine, non-alcoholic beer is fine, and a darker, more robust beer works well if you like a more prominently flavored bread.
  • Do not over-mix the dough. Stir until just combined -- a few lumps are fine. Over-mixing will result in a dry, dense, tough loaf of bread.
  • Make sure that your self-rising flour is fresh. If the leavening agents in the self-rising flour are no longer effective, your bread will not rise.
  • Cheese Beer Bread: Add 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese (or another flavorful shredded cheese of your choice). A teaspoon of garlic powder or 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives would also be delicious savory additions!
  • Mix in diced bacon or ham.
  • Irish: Use Guinness stout or another similar Irish beer for a robust, full-flavored loaf of bread.
  • Sweet: Double the honey in this recipe to ½ cup. You can also mix in raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries for a loaf that's similar to Irish soda bread.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg