I’ve seen countless beer bread recipes over the years. It’s quite simple actually. The confusing thing I find is all of the recipes just say “good beer” as an ingredient. So what does that mean? I don’t think they know either. There are over 70+ recognized styles of beer out there, which one should I use? Through trial and beerror we feel we nailed it for you. Whichever beer you choose for your beer bread you’re going to get different results.
Ingredients for Beer Bread
- 12 fl ounces New Glarus Spotted Cow (1 beer) or Other Cream Ales
- 2 tablespoons sugar (divided)
- 3 teaspoon salt (divided)
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3 cups bread flour
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Beer Bread Recipe Directions
- In a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup warm beer in microwave on high for 45 seconds. 85 – 90 dF would be an appropriate temperature.
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar (carefully, it will foam) and 1 teaspoon of salt into beer and then add yeast. Stir. Yeast should start “looking happy” after a minute or so.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer add flour, remaining sugar, remaining salt, butter and oil. Combine on low speed with the dough hook attachment. Add beer-yeast slurry. Turn speed up to medium and mix until all ingredients are combined and the dough is on the hook… as they say, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove dough from bowl and add a little oil in the bowl and coat the sides and bottom completely. Return the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rest in a warm place for 1 hour. Dough should double in bulk. (If you don’t mind washing an extra bowl feel free to transfer dough to a completely new bowl.)
- Remove dough from bowl and knead dough on well floured surface.
- Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray or similar. Place kneaded dough into loaf pan. Let proof again for 30 minutes in a warm place, this time uncovered. Score top of bread down the middle with a serrated knife.
- Preheat oven to 350 dF. Bake for 30 minutes.
Final Thoughts About Our Beer Bread Recipe
I have tested so many variations of this bread recipe with different beers and ingredients and this surely is the best bread made with beer recipe you will ever try. We understand that not everyone can get their hands on Spotted Cow by New Glarus. If you give this beer bread a try, be sure to let us know which beer you used with your bread recipe. How did it turn out?
Other Beer Alternatives: Bells Best Brown, Great Divide Hoss
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