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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Martha's Beer Bread

I have an old recipe book I bought years ago at a garage sale - The New Cookbook for Poor Poets by Ann Rogers. It is a great book with lots of interesting and frugal-ish recipes.

One that has always intrigued me is called Beer Bread and it only has 3 - yes 3 ingredients. One of them is self-rising flour, something I don't usually (or ever have on hand). But the other day I sent my almost 18 year old daughter to the store for flour and she came home with self-rising. So, I decided to give it a try.

I used a bottle of my husbands Dark Beck's Beer - note to self - don't use such a dark beer again - too strong. BUT it turned out and is fairly tasty. I can't wait to try other flavors of beer!

I know my friend girlichef has a wonderful  yeasted beer bread recipe that involves some kneading and rising - and looks amazing. I know it is worth the extra effort!

If you have bread issues - you know, you wake up at night in sweat thinking about making bread, or every loaf you have made is now a door stop -then this recipe is for you!

My recipe has no kneading, no rising, and goes together in like 5 minutes.

Martha's Beer Bread 
(I don't know who Martha is but want her to get her credit!)

3 cups self rising flour
3 TBS sugar
1 - 12oz bottle of warm beer

Combine the flour and sugar and stir in the beer. Spoon dough into a well-buttered loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees  for 45 minutes.
She suggests for variations to add  to the dry ingredients a 1/4 cup of wheat germ or a 1/2 cup of raisins.

This bread is really easy and fabulously delicious.

Oh, and while I haven't tried it - if you don't have self rising flour you can just add together 1 tsp of salt and
1 TBS of baking powder.

Additional variations are really endless -

I would imagine that adding up to a 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese would be delicious along with some Italian seasonings.

I was thinking that on my next loaf I would make a garlic and herb loaf - adding 1 tsp dried: rosemary,  oregano, thyme and garlic.

If you wanted it a little healthier you could substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for 2 cups of the white - you would need to add the salt and baking powder. 

Christmas Gift Alert - This would be a great Christmas gift and super simple. Put together the dry ingredients in a pretty glass jar, attach the "directions" and a bottle of beer if you want - voila' an impressive gift. Just don't share how easy the mix is ;o)

I am linking this to the following blog parties:'s Tasty Tuesday
Life as Mom's Frugal Friday
Ann Kroeker's Food on Friday
Brenda's Canadian Kitchen's Cookbook Sunday
12 Days of Bloggie-mas - The Eleventh Day - Bread @ A Moderate Life


  1. I can't believe there are only 3 ingredients in that bread. I have made beer bread before, but it definitely was more complicated. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Awesome, Christy!! Love the 3 simple ingredients (and I love Beck's it strong)...this definitely makes great gifts. Thanks for the shout-out!! =)

  3. Wooowww just 3 ingredients???? unbelievable. Looks very delicious.:-)

  4. I can't believe this is so simple! Christy, this looks great and I may even have to try this (I don't like beer though...) Love the gift idea!

    Thanks for sharing at Tasty Tuesday @

    Dr. Laura

  5. This looks amazing, and so quick and easy!! It looks like perfect sandwich bread...

  6. This sounds totally awesome! I wonder how it would be with pumpkin beer...

  7. Looks terrific, Christy, and only 3 ingredients - yes!

  8. Thanks everyone for stopping and commenting - it is crazy but it really is super easy!
    Joanne - I have never had pumpkin beer - hmm, I wonder if you could taste it?? Let me know if you try it!

  9. Love the idea of this bread - no kneading, and using beer instead of yeast. Lots of possibilities to springboard this one - maybe trying with a really dark beer or stout and some rye flour. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Hey Christy! Heather made a beer bread a few weeks back on her blog and now you. I think I will have to try one of these recipes out because they certainly look awesome, and I always have beer around. Hugs! Alex

  11. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try. Previous attempts have always been in the "door stop" category.

  12. My mom used to make this beer bread when I was a kid. I remember it tasting so good and being perfect with soup.

  13. This is unbelievable! I can't believe it's that easy with so few ingredients. Wow, pretty cool! Thank you for sharing this Christy on Cookbook Sundays!