Honey Beer Bread

Honey Beer Bread

Ever wanted to bake beer bread for a special occasion, such as St. Patrick's Day? This homemade beer bread recipe is a very easy recipe to make! This great recipe will be a beer bread all your leprechauns (and other guests) will enjoy!

Step into the world of beer bread, a delightful treat that's sure to uplift your spirits! No yeast or proofing time required. Just mix everything together, pop your beer bread batter (try saying that 5 times fast!) in the oven, and let your taste buds dance.

In less than an hour of baking time, you'll be rewarded with a heavenly, crusty loaf that even the pros would envy. Don't wait! Start baking some delicious beer bread today!

About Our Honey Beer Bread Recipe

To make this easy beer bread recipe, we recommend dark honey such as Buckwheat or Bamboo honey. Dark honey's strong flavor complements bitter foods and drinks like dark beer, while holding up well in the oven - making it perfect for beer bread recipes! Honey in baking requires attention to a few details that will improve with each honey recipe you try.

Other than honey and beer, the ingredients consist of melted butter, self-rising flour, baking soda, and salt - all things you most likely have stocked in your pantry! Try it with salted or unsalted butter depending in your taste.

You can also try the almond butter from our Southern Cornbread recipe as a delicious topping for our easy beer bread recipe.

To mix and cook this bread recipe, you just need a large bowl, a loaf pan (or bread pan), a sifter to make a flour mixture, a mixer, and some measuring utensils. It's best practice to be ready with a prepared loaf pan, you can brush melted butter to grease the pan.

Grandma's Easy, Quick Breads

As a child, I was captivated by my grandmother's kitchen skills. She'd effortlessly mix various ingredients while humming to herself, creating dough that would transform when baked - it was as if she was using a magical loaf pan.

As I grew older, I realized it wasn't just her loaf pan, but rather different tricks she had learned throughout her life while making delicious recipes.

One of those tricks was that Grandma avoided yeast bread—it was prone to disaster, not to mention having to overpower the yeasty flavor. Discovering recipes for quick bread, which don't require yeast, made things simpler. She also used self-rising flour. She was able to take a classic recipe and transform it into easy, amazing recipes!

Sweet Beer Bread Memories

This specific recipe reminds me of my aunt's Thanksgiving bread - a sweet, soft, and chewy beer bread with a crusty texture. Perfect for dipping in soups or making sandwiches, it's slightly sweet with hints of savory flavors because of the beer and honey in the batter. With plenty of melted butter, it bakes with beautiful air pockets and a golden brown top.

Sometimes, she would add a teaspoon of garlic powder to the mix and add shredded cheese on top of the loaf to make this beer bread even more special - a garlic beer bread!

Hands slicing bread on top of a cutting board along with beer, onions, and condiments on the side

How to Make Easy Beer Bread with Honey: A Quick Bread Recipe

When making beer bread, most beer bread recipes require you add some sugar to the bread mix. Honey, however, is a great and healthier substitute for sugar. It will also help your beer bread, or any baked goods you make with honey, retain more moisture.

Usually when you replace honey in a recipe that calls for sugar, you have to adjust the other liquid and dry ingredients to make up for the amount of moisture that is retained. Luckily though, this beer bread recipe calls for honey, so you don't have to worry about changing a thing!

Beer bread made with honey

Easy Beer Bread for Any Occasion

Golden brown beer bread is honestly perfect for any occasion. However, if you feel like you need an excuse to get your mixing bowl out and make beer bread, we've got you covered!

Make this easy beer bread recipe in honor of National Beer Day (April 7), or St. Patrick's Day! Regardless, it's a perfect way to celebrate. Use whatever kind of beer you like, from pale ales to darker beer. You could even experiment with pumpkin beer in the fall when you make beer bread!

Whatever you favorite beer is, it might be fun to switch it up every time you bake this easy beer bread recipe. Feel free to also try out light beer and gluten free beer to see just how much you can adapt this beer bread recipe.

Making Honey Beer Bread

It’s easy to make this beer bread with honey. First, let’s discuss the six ingredients you'll need:

These ingredients combine in no time! Let's get started. After gathering your ingredients, let's make this beer bread. First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the loaf pan generously with coconut oil, cooking oil, or butter. Spread it evenly using your fingers, a folded paper towel, or even plastic wrap - whatever you have around.

sifting dry ingredients together for beer bread

First: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Sift together all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

mixing honey oat scrub with whisk in glass bowl on black counter

Second: Add the Wet Ingredients

Add in the beer stopping periodically to combine. Add honey, mixing it all until just mixed. Pour the batter into the baking pan, and top with butter.

mixing honey oat scrub with whisk in glass bowl on black counter

Third: Bake the Bread

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes and let the bread rise. Check the bread with a toothpick inserted in the top of the loaf to make sure that it's done. If the toothpick comes out clean, your bread is ready! Let the bread cool for a little bit before serving.

oven baked seed and nut bread

Adapting Beer Bread

Unleash your creativity in the kitchen with this amazing loaf! From sun-dried tomatoes to garlic chips, think outside the box - anything you dream up will surely make a delicious treat. Add herbs or jalapeños for a spicy kick, or mix cranberries into your sauce for an unforgettable twist.

  • Add in raisins and cinnamon.
  • Serve toasted with honey butter.
  • For something savory, add cheese, such as shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese. We recommend using a half cup for this recipe.
  • Add some heat with chopped jalapeños.
  • Top the bread with cream cheese and "Everything Bagel" seasoning.
  • This bread would make an excellent base for avocado toast.
  • Serve right out of the oven with cheddar cheese and rotisserie chicken to make a sandwich.
Beer bread made with honey

Beer Bread made with honey is a delightful pairing with your favorite beef dish. It is delicious no matter if you serve warm, room temp, or even let it cool completely. I love eating this bread with cheddar cheese and club soda.

If you have any leftovers - and that is a big IF - store it at room temperature covered with aluminum foil. For even longer storing, put this beer bread in the freezer.

I'm thrilled I tried making bread again—it brings back fond childhood memories. Now that I know how easy and delicious quick bread is, I'll be baking more often! Enjoy this incredibly simple and tasty recipe!

Trust us when we say that no matter what combination you choose, these delectable breads won't last long! If you decide to make this honey beer bread recipe, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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