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Buttery Honey Beer Bread

Buttery Honey Beer Bread

There are few things that bring me more satisfaction in the kitchen than pulling a warm, fresh loaf of bread from the oven. Most of the time, I make yeast-based breads, but I have also become quite fond of a number of quick breads that have secured themselves a permanent home in my recipe collection. One recipe that I’ve been dying to make for the longest time is a quintessential beer bread. In the past, I’ve made an Irish beer and cheese bread, as well as another beer and cheese bread with a long list of ingredients. While both were fabulous in every possible way, I’ve been looking for a straightforward, simple beer bread recipe. No frills, no excessive ingredient lists… just one bowl, a few ingredients, and done. This bread delivers and then some. It’s the perfect beer bread recipe to have on hand for those nights when you need something easy to serve with soup or stew… it’s also the perfect recipe to have on hand when you’re just flat-out craving carbs. This recipe is going to become your best friend.

Buttery Honey Beer Bread

While the bread itself is fabulous, the best part might be the buttery crust. Instead of incorporating melted butter into the batter for the bread, you drizzle it over the batter once it’s in the loaf pan. The result? The butter seeps all around the edges of the pan, creating a wonderful, buttery crust almost reminiscent of a deep-dish pizza. It’s truly fabulous and makes this recipe stand apart from other typical beer bread variations. The honey gives the bread a subtle hint of sweetness, which is only heightened when you serve it alongside homemade honey butter.

If you have 5 minutes to spare, you can get this bread into the oven. It’s quick, easy, and really… is there anything better than warm bread fresh from the oven slathered in butter?

Buttery Honey Beer Bread

One year ago: Italian Easter Bread
Two years ago: Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Buttery Honey Beer Bread

Yield: 1 (9-inch) loaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

A fabulous rustic honey-beer bread, perfect to serve alongside your favorite soup or stew.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
3 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the beer and honey and stir with a rubber spatula until thoroughly combined.

3. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared loaf pan and drizzle the melted butter evenly over the top of the batter. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing. Leftovers should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes:

  • While it is best to use bread flour if you have it, you may substitute all-purpose flour in its place.
  • I would recommend using your favorite ale or lager-style beer for this recipe. Use one you enjoy drinking, as some of the flavor does come through in the bread.
  • For a higher loaf, use an 8x4-inch loaf pan and increase the baking time accordingly.

(Recipe from Cookie Monster Cooking)

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58 Responses to “Buttery Honey Beer Bread”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 2, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I love the description the drizzled butter before baking and how it creates a crust. Oh, that’s heavenly! And Im a huge fan of honey-butter and honey-anything, especially when worked into bread!

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  2. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on April 2, 2013 at 1:02 am

    This is so beautiful. I can almost smell it. And my husband will love the excuse to buy beer.

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  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu on April 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Buttery crust???? I was sold on the beer bread, but then the words buttery crust just made me drool even more! It looks so soft, and totally amazing!

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  4. Jessica on April 2, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Sapporo is a great beer choice! We’ll be making this soon, probably with Sapporo, or maybe a Kirin =}

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  5. Azzira on April 2, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I had never tried beer bread would love to have the taste of it.
    Vegetable Store

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  6. heidid26 on April 2, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I noticed that the butter step is not included in your actual instructions. It is included in the blog portion of the post, however. If I hadn’t made a similar bread previously, I would have completely missed it and been wondering what to do with the butter. This is a fantastic recipe and I’m anxious to give it a try. The previous one I tried didn’t have the honey. Looking forward to the addition… YUMMY!!!

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    • Allison on April 2nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I noticed that too when I first read the recipe this morning. I now see that the recipe has been updated.

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  7. Master Chefette on April 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

    This looks so simple and delicious! Yummo!!!

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  8. Shirlee on April 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

    What do you do with the butter?

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    • Shirlee on April 2nd, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Sorry, if I had read ALL of the information, I would have found out.

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  9. Obsessive Compulsive Baking Disorder on April 2, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Honey… butter… beer… bread… carbs… yup I’m sold!
    And the buttery crust sounds amazing!
    I’m making an Oaty Ale bread in a few days – but the type that involves lots of kneading and proving – so I will give this a try after to see how it compares, although they are very different types of bread.
    Many thanks
    Leah x x x

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  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on April 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

    What a wonderful combination! Mmmm, honey and beer, yes please!

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  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on April 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I agree- something about pulling a loaf of bread out of the oven is so satisfying.

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  12. AndreaL on April 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

    What kind of beer did you use? What style do you think best? I’m married to a beer salesman and am curious how different styles or flavors would work.

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    • Michelle on April 2nd, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I used Sapporo, which is a Japanese lager (I happened to have some in the fridge). I included information in the notes at the bottom of the recipe about types of beer to use – I would recommend an ale or lager.

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      • AndreaL on April 2nd, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Cool – he has access to so many brands and I can’t wait to try the various flavors. Thank you :)

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  13. Samantha on April 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m drooling at my desk right now. This looks amazing! I wish I would have had this recipe before Easter because I definitely would have served this as an appetizer/during dinner. Yum. I’ve never made beer bread, but this makes me want to try it out!

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  14. Sues on April 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I agree- there is nothing like homemade bread… especially when it involves beer! :)

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  15. Linda on April 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I hate beer and don’t even know if you can buy one bottle. Love your recipes but this one I probably will not try.

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    • AndreaL on April 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 am

      If you wanted to try it, check your local beer takeout store. I know the places by me in PA sell singles. The beer taste isn’t too bad and if you stick with something light, you’ll get just a touch of the flavor. ;)

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    • Michelle on April 2nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I’m not sure what state you’re in (laws for beer and liquor sales change by state), but in most states you can buy single bottles in a lot of places.

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    • Mindy on April 2nd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      My husband and I aren’t beer drinkers either, but I bought a six pack of bottles just for making bread. A co-worker brought in a loaf and I was hooked! I will definitely be trying this recipe to compare…it sounds amazing! Don’t hesitate because of the beer, though; there are many uses for it in the kitchen for those of us not partial to drinking it. The yeasty-ness it gives bread is so worth it, fresh from the oven…not to mention toasting it the next morning…yum!!!

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  16. Tracy {pale yellow} on April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

    What a great, simple bread. I love using beer in quick breads, fantastic flavor and texture!

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  17. Marcie @ Flavor The Moments on April 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I saw this on Cookie Monster Cooking last month and thought it looked amazing, and yours looks just as great! I’ve never had beer bread, so this is definitely the one to try!

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  18. Rebekah on April 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

    That looks FANTASTIC!

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  19. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on April 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    THAT CRUST. I die. I would just dunk that bread in warm marinara sauce and eat it as a meal.

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  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on April 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t like beer but LOVE beer bread. It gives the bread a great flavor. I will be trying this!

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  21. Nikki Howser on April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Wow! The title reeled me in before I even saw those scrumptious pictures! I think my foray into beer beads will start here :) and I think a butter layer on top will become a thing I need to do on every loaf lol

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  22. bridget {bake at 350} on April 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Oh! I can’t wait to try your beer bread with the butter poured over BEFORE baking! Genius!!! And the honey! Yum! It looks just beautiful!

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  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on April 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Love the sweetness from the honey, this has to be delicious! CAn’t wait to try it!

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  24. Sadie on April 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I am eating this as I type, so please pardon any possible butter-finger typos. I pulled it out of the oven and could not obey the instructions to cool before slicing. I had to try a bite of this heavenly, buttery goodness. I am ruined for all future beer breads.
    I am curious to try this with my favorite beer…Guinness…wonder how that will turn out???

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    • Michelle on April 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Hi Sadie, My personal feeling is that Guinness may be too heavy for a bread like this, but if it’s your favorite then by all means give it a try. Come back and share your feedback after you’ve made it!

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      • Fran on April 3rd, 2013 at 10:55 am

        Maybe the Guinness Black Lager but I agree with Michelle that the stout or draught would be too heavy. Save those for adding to the beef stew you serve with this bread ;)

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  25. Sadie on April 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    BTW, You are a PA girl, right? I used a Yeungling in this bread…perfect!

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  26. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on April 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I need to try beer in bread recipes. This looks divine!

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  27. MadSCAR on April 3, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Love it! :)

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  28. Rachel on April 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I made this last night with Yuengling and it is so good! My boyfriend loved it and said it’s one of his top 3 favorite things I’ve made. I had to add a tablespoon of water after adding the yuengling because there wasn’t enough liquid to the flour mixture but otherwise easy peasy recipe! Thank you!

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  29. Fran on April 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    So many awesome beer choices for this. I may have to do a blog series using different ones. Can’t wait to find my favorite!!

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  30. Dragonlady on April 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Voted by the family the best beer bread yet! Since rain and cold was the order of the day in OKC yesterday (and today) ham and bean soup was the perfect side for the bread.

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  31. Laura Dembowski on April 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I love beer bread but have never made it. The butter on top is so unique and sounds delicious!

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  32. Shirlee on April 6, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Oh my gosh….I made this bread as soon as I saw the recipe. It is absolutely delicious. The bread is beautiful when it comes out of the oven. I did use bread flour in the recipe. The bread was moist and delicious with the soup I made. Great recipe!

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  33. Tina @ Tina's Chic on April 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I love a bread recipe that doesn’t require yeast! Thanks for the idea. I can’t wait to try it. :)

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  34. The Male Baker on April 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This looks so delicious! I love how simple it is to make!

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  35. Heather on April 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    This was delicious! Had it tonight with our dinner. My dh hates beer (and so do I), but we loved this beer bread!

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  36. Emily on April 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This recipe is a keeper! I’ll definately be making this again and again.
    Thanks!

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  37. Gwen on April 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I just baked this bread recipe last night. I couldn’t find bread flour at the store, so I ended up using 3 cups of regular all purpose flour. The bread still came out amazing! I was so excited! Delicious fresh out of the oven!! The bread does capture the flavor of the beer quite nicely! I’m excited to make this again!

    What do you think of adding some shredded cheddar cheese and chives to this recipe? Too much?

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    • Michelle on April 24th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Gwen, I’m so glad you liked the bread! I think you could add some cheese and chives, although I’m not sure how they would pair with the honey. Probably a personal preference thing on taste.

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  38. Jaime on April 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Oh my GOD! This bread is better than the mix that you can buy. I made it for my daughter’s 1st birthday party last weekend and everyone LOVED it. I love that it is so much more cost effective than buying the mix and that it uses ingredients that I already have on hand. 2 thumbs up for this yummy bread!

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  39. Lugh on May 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    What about using mead instead of beer? I know it’s a wine, but could it work? Would I have to add something to compensate for the greater carbonation of the beer? New at baking so your expertise would be appreciated.

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    • Michelle on May 9th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Lugh, I would not recommend using wine in place of beer in this bread. The yeastiness and carbonation of the beer really help with the rise and flavor of the bread.

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      • Lugh on May 9th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        And that’s why I asked, thanks Michelle. :-)

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  40. Michael on June 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    This was seriously delicious and could not be any easier to make. I made it after work tonight with a Yuengling and only using AP flour because I didn’t have any bread flour. It came out beautifully! Thanks for a great recipe.

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  41. Jocelyn on June 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

    My family really enjoyed this bread. I used white whole wheat flour in place of the bread flour and non alcoholic beer. I will definitely make this again. Thank you so much.

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  42. Sarah on June 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

    All of your pictures are awesome! Beer bread it quite addicting, love it! I had featured U in the post of Top 7 Delectable Bread for Breakfast on AllFreshRecipes.Except ur more delish recipes!

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  43. Carmen on July 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Mine came out dense but that’s because I used whole wheat and oat bran. Tasted great with butter fresh from the oven.
    I loved when the beer hit the flour Nd everything just fizzled, it was like making a volcano!
    Imy sister enjoyed her piece to and this from a lady that doesn’t eat carbs.
    I enjoy your blog thank you for the tips And delightful, playful foods

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  44. Ali on January 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Delish bread! I used Rolling Rock, a pale ale from PA, and wheat flour. It came out pretty dense because of the wheat flour but had a nice flavor. I will try this again using regular AP flour to see which way we like it better. Definitely a ‘do over’ according to my husband! :)

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  45. Yvonne (Bread Fun) on March 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome Bread!!!!! it looks like honey, light and delicious. I never had beer bread before. I would like to know how it taste. I will try it one day real soon. “Delicious Bread”

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  46. Karin on June 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    We used regular Guinness and really loved it. The beer flavor is more pronounced than an ale or lager would be, but in a good way (we thought). If you like Guinness ordinarily, give it a try!

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