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Beer Bread Recipe


Beer Bread
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This 1-loaf beer bread recipe is a beginner’s bread. It uses only one cup of the beer of your choice and has a lovely beer flavor after it’s baked. It’s great for snacking, football game munchies, and for dipping into a bowl of chili.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup beer, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour


  1. In small bowl, mix water and yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

  2. In large bowl, add beer, cream cheese, sugar, and salt. Pour in yeast and stir.

  3. Mix in 2-1/2 cups flour. Turn out onto floured board and knead in the remaining half cup of flour or until the dough is soft and smooth.

  4. Put dough in greased bowl and turn dough so that the top is greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.

  5. Punch down dough with your fist. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 1 minute.

  6. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

  7. Form dough into 1 loaf. Put into buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.

  8. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  9. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or dishtowel.
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