Quick and Easy Beer Bread

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This recipe was given to me by an Irish friend whom I met when we were living in Germany (the Irish and German factor explains the 'beer' ingredient). Very quick and easy to make - just mix the ingredients and put straight in the oven. My friend noted that dark beer works best. I like to sprinkle white and black sesame seeds on the bread, as it gives it that extra taste.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 325 ml beer, at room temperature (1 bottle, dark beer works best)
  • 1/4 cup seeds or grains of choice (optional)

  • sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, etc


  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add beer all at once (it foams a lot).
  3. Stir until just mixed.
  4. Put in a greased loaf pan. (Optional: Sprinkle bottom of pan with seeds of choice after greasing; then place dough in pan and sprinkle once again).
  5. Bake at 190oC (375oF) for 35-40 minutes.


Most Helpful

Adding the seeds was a cool idea! I used poppy seeds. I was afraid they would burn, but they didn't, and they tasted great. My bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale was 355 ml, and I ended up using it all. I also used 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Yum.

Nose March 19, 2006

What a breeze to do ! I had no seeds so used dukkah instead which worked so well that I can really recommend that as a sub. This was great warm from the oven and I am keen to see how it tastes on day 2 - if there is any left !!!!!

katew July 30, 2009

This was definitely quick & easy. I sprinkled sesame seeds on the bottom, and a mix of sesame seeds & poppyseeds on top, and I think that added a nice flavor. I used a lighter beer, Bud Select, since that was all I had in the house. The bread was moist and great warm from the oven. It did have a beer aftertaste, which I thought was fine, but might not be enjoyed by someone that doesn't care for beer.

karen January 12, 2007

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