Poppy Seed Beer Bread

"I first had this recipe about 25 years ago the first time my older sister had a family dinner at her home when she was just out of college. I've tried another beer bread from this site, but I like this one better. It even got great reviews from my picky friend that doesn't like most beer breads. It also makes the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches..just slice it thin after it's completely cooled. Based on results from a reviewer, I suggest you use a glass loaf pan or reduce the cooking time slightly if using metal."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients except poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
  • Carefully mix in 1 tbsp poppy seeds. Do not over mix.
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly across the bottom of the loaf pan.
  • Pour dough into loaf pan.
  • Lightly sprinkle the top with poppy seeds & sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • NOTE: Original recipe did not include the sesame seeds on the bottom of the loaf, but I like them. The original recipe also stated that sesame seeds could be used instead of poppy seeds mixed into the loaf & on top (eliminating the poppy seeds completely from the recipe).

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  1. Kim127
    Easy, easy, easy! This came together so quick and such great flavor. The bread itself is wonderful with a sweet flavor from the sugar that blends so perfectly with the nutty flavor from the sesame seeds. DH was very happy with this one. Did I mention how easy it was to make? I used Coors lite for the beer and would love to try this with an ale, like Bass or Killians.
  2. Berts Kitchen Witch
    We loved this recipe! DH is stuffing himself with it!It was so easy to do, and tastes great. DH likes it just buttered, but I also made Juenessa's Carmelized Onions today to go with steaks, and I like the Onions on it!Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe Karen!Oh yeah, I used Harps Lager!
  3. YungB
    Love the seeds in this bread. Very nice flavor!
  4. ncmysteryshopper
    Oh this was just yummy! I used Highland's Gaelic Ale and I loved the choice I made! The beer added a great hoppy taste to the bread. We scarfed this down with soup! Perfect!
  5. Mommy Diva
    Super easy and tasty! DH loved the flavor of this bread as did DD! Even my son who will be 3 in April ate it! I barely got a picture before they devoured it. I used Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale. I think I may play with either time or temp for my oven next time as the crust was a bit too hard for our liking - but softened nicely in soup! YUMMY!



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