I believe most people around me know how I feel about baking. There are very few things that I can bake. I can bake oatmeal raisin cookies, banana bread; I kind of know how to bake chocolate chip cookies; I have baked a cheesecake from scratch, including the crust, with my friend/editor, Amanda; and I have baked a couple other things with my good friend, Dena, on several occasions. Dena is a baker and I am good at assisting her. She has unending confidence in my baking, but I’d much rather bake under her supervision than all by myself. I don’t feel comfortable with baking, and, honestly, I’m not very good at it. But there is one more item that I can add to the list of things Georgie can bake. That is grandma’s beer bread!
Her beer bread recipe is very easy. There aren’t many steps. It pretty much involves dumping all the ingredients in a bowl, mixing, pouring, and baking. Ta-da! Done!!! If I can do it, anybody can do it. The most work in this recipe is mixing all the ingredients once you pour your beer. Because the mixture is quite sticky, it needs some elbow grease to mix them together. But if you have one of those fancy kitchen stand mixers, by all means, use that thing to do the hard work for you! I don’t really have lots of kitchen gadgets/tools. Like seriously, I don’t have much. There is no food processor, no hand mixer, no stand mixer, no blender (I do have immersion blender though!!), no mandolin, no thermometer, no juicer, you get the idea. So I mix everything 19th century style! By hand! And it comes out as good as using any fancy gadgets!…..I think…Well, I wouldn’t know since I don’t own any of them…please let me know if any of you try this using a stand mixer…thank you in advance.
Back to the recipe…the only thing I altered in grandma’s recipe is the amount of butter. She told me to use a whole stick of butter. I didn’t necessarily want to fry my beer bread in butter (although that does not sound bad at all); I wanted it to be little more figure friendly. So I halved the amount. Trust me, you will still get the buttery crispy bits on the top and edges of the bread. It is a very hearty and yummy bread that can be served in place of any dinner rolls! Try my grandma’s recipe and please let me know how you like it!
Grandma’s Beer Bread
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 55 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 1 Loaf 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bottle of beer of your choice
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease the 9×5 inch loaf pan using 1 tablespoon of butter. If there is any left over, combine with the rest of the butter in a small microwave safe bowl. I only used about half a tablespoon of butter for greasing my pan.
- In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
- Pour in the beer of your choice over the flour mixture. The mixture will be very sticky and thick. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Melt the butter in the microwave.
- Pour half of the butter on the bottom of the loaf pan.
- Transfer all the batter into the loaf pan. Flatten the batter a little.
- Pour the rest of the melted butter on top.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until the top is browned and the toothpick comes out clean from the center.