Whole Wheat Beer Bread, Easy Enough for Dinner Tonight

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Bake up this hearty Whole Wheat Beer Bread to fill your bread basket. This beer bread recipe is delicious alongside soup, stew, or chili, and tastes great warm with butter.

loaf of beer bread and a pot of soup

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While I am not a beer drinker, we usually have some kind of beer in the cupboard. My husband loves dark beers, particularly stouts and porters. Lucky for me those beers make the best beer bread.

I make this bread with Guinness, but you can use any beer you like. Darker beers will give you a heartier flavor. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups or 12 ounces. If your bottle or can is something lame like 11.2 ounces, just add enough water to make it a full 12 ounces.

Beer bread is a weird thing. It doesn’t taste like beer, but it does have a unique flavor. If you typically keep self-rising flour on hand, beer bread can come together with as few as three ingredients: flour, beer, and sugar. For this recipe, I chose to use whole wheat pastry flour. I’m trying to work in whole grains as often as I can. Since I’ve never seen self-rising whole wheat flour, it made sense to up my ingredient count to five. 

The bread itself mixes up in about five minutes, but it does take about an hour to bake, so plan ahead. It’s quicker than yeast breads, but still takes some effort. All good things do, dontcha know?

What do you need to make this beer bread?

  • Whole wheat pastry flour – This is a whole grain flour so it’s rich in nutrients, but pastry flour is little lower in protein content than regular flour so that means it’s still soft in texture.
  • Sugar – Use granulated sugar for this bread recipe to add a touch of sweetness.
  • Baking powder – This is a quick bread so that means no yeast is required. Baking powder helps this bread to rise, so you get fresh homemade bread faster.
  • Salt – A little salt is always needed to help bring out the flavors of this bread.
  • Beer – I made this with Guinness, but you can use any type of beer you want. Darker beers will give you a heartier flavor.  

How to make this whole wheat beer bread

  1. Prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the batter. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the beer and fold to combine. The dough/batter will be lumpy but very moist.
  3. Bake the bread. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for one hour or until golden and cooked through. The bread should shrink away from the sides of the pan. Remove to a rack to cool. Serve with butter.

Whole Wheat Beer Bread sliced on a cutting board

What beer is best in beer bread?

So we used Guinness, but you can use any beer you like. If you want a more pronounced heartier flavor then be sure to use a darker beer.

Can you get drunk on beer bread?

The alcohol in the beer will bake off, so there’s no worry there. The flavor will still remain, but the alcohol won’t.

What do you eat with beer bread?

This is the ideal bread to serve with soups, chilis, and stews

How to make this beer bread good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

How I make this beer bread recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

  • stainless steel mixing bowl – I’m not sure you have too many of these.
  • wire whisk – Be sure to get one with a closed barrel so dishwater doesn’t get stuck in its innards and drip into your food. Ask me how I know.
  • rubber spatula – I have two of these; I love them so much.
  • bread pan – I love the USA pans. No greasing needed and no burning!
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Whole Wheat Beer Bread | Good Cheap Eats
Whole Wheat Beer Bread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Bake up this hearty Whole Wheat Beer Bread to fill your bread basket. It's delicious alongside soup, stew, or chili, and tastes great warm with butter.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer bread, whole wheat
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 128 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the beer and fold to combine. The dough/batter will be lumpy but very moist.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for one hour or until golden and cooked through. The bread should shrink away from the sides of the pan. Remove to a rack to cool. Serve with butter.
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Beer Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 294mg13%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. Kay says

    Hi, 9 or 8 inch loaf pan? I own both.?

  2. Jaci says

    I made this tonight and it was amazing! I baked it for 52 minutes and it was perfect. Wanted to use Guinness, but didn’t have any at home so I used a blonde ale from a local brewery (Schlafly) and it was a great taste.

  3. Pam Seymour says

    Hey Jessica,

    Anxious to make the beer bread but what brand of wheat pastry flour do you use and where do you buy it?

    • I usually use Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour. I’ve ordered it from Amazon, Bob’s Red Mill, or Vitacost in the past. Sometimes Sprouts carries it, but it tends to be expensive. At the holidays, you may find better pricing though.

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