Beer Bread is another super easy bread recipe that does not require yeast!
This recipe uses baking powder and fizziness of beer to give it a rise. It is fairly dense and the beer flavour is very mild.
I made Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches with it and the hint of sourness from the beer was a perfect match! It would also go great with other savoury meats like Salami, Pastrami, Roast Beef. The beer is not obvious. It just adds a bit of tang.
By brushing the top with melted butter before baking you get a buttery, rich, crisp crust on top.
I used a fairly large loaf pan 9" X 5" so my loaf ended up fairly wide and not so high. If you want a higher loaf use a smaller loaf pan- more like 7" X 3".
The next time I made this I used an 8" round cake pan because I wanted a round loaf for this 'Muffuletta', arguably the BEST summer sandwich option EVER! You make it the day before an let it rest and flatten out in the fridge overnight. Then voilà! You have a meaty sandwich, hearty enough to serve 6-8 people on your dock or deck at a moment's notice!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsps sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 12 oz beer
- 2 Tbsps unsalted butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" X 5" loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Stir the beer and the honey into the dry mixture.
- Just mix until there are no pockets of dry flour. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the dough to your loaf pan. Brush the melted butter on top of the loaf.
- Bake 50-60 minutes. Check after 50 minutes if a toothpick in various places comes out clean. The top should be lightly golden brown. If you are using a smaller loaf pan you may need closer to 60-65 minutes.
- Allow loaf to cool before slicing.