Beer Batter Bread (almost No Fat)

Recipe by Toby Jermain
READY IN: 55mins
YIELD: 1 loaf


  • 3
    cups unbleached flour (or replace up to half with whole wheat flour)
  • 3 12
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1 12
    tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 12
    teaspoons salt
  • 12
    ounces beer, preferably a medium-amber ale or 12 ounces dark beer, room temperature (See comments)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degF.
  • Spray a 9"x5"x3" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  • Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add the beer all at once, and mix by hand until just combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Good Luck!
  • This stuff can be real gooey; smooth it out as best you can, and slam the pan down on the counter two or three times to smooth out the batter.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • The recipe also says that the top should be light golden, but do not count on this.
  • After cooking, this bread may still look kind of anemic, real pale, kinda raw!
  • Especially if you are using a light colored beer!
  • BUT, if the toothpick says it's done, it's really done!
  • Turn out onto a rack to cool.
  • Eat it as soon as it is cool enough to touch, or let it cool to room temperature and wrap to eat a little later, or wrap real good and freeze for up to a month.
  • If refrigerated or frozen, bring to room temperature or warm before serving.
  • It's great fresh from the oven, and it makes wonderful toast.
  • Notes& Comments:
  • *This recipe makes an extremely dense, heavy bread with a crunchy crust.
  • It's great!
  • I like it as is!
  • But, as noted above, it does look a little anemic.
  • *You might want to replace up to half of the white flour with whole-wheat flour to darken the loaf.
  • Also, a darker beer will make a darker loaf.
  • Works great with Guinness!
  • *You might also want to experiment with other beers, for different flavors and different degrees of richness.
  • Obviously, the only ingredient in this recipe that will change the overall flavor is the beer.
  • Enjoy!
  • *We have also doubled the recipe, using 1 bottle of Guinness and 1 bottle of Bass, with 4 cups unbleached flour and 2 cup whole wheat flour; obviously this makes 2 loaves.