Garlic Herb Beer Bread. An update to a classic recipe, this beer bread is loaded up with herbs and fresh garlic for a more flavorful loaf. This is the only recipe you need! This is a quick and easy side dish perfect for serving alongside soups and chilis!
How to make Beer Bread:
Classic beer bread is quick and easy to make. But I can’t say I’m always crazy about the flavor. My favorite classic beer bread recipe is from King Arthur Flour. With this version though, I’m dressing it up a bit. Because as I said..I need a bit more flavor.
Making beer bread is so easy. It’s probably the easiest bread to make. There’s lots of recipes available that let you make this with 3 ingredients. It can be that easy. But here’s a quick breakdown of what is going into this easy recipe:
- All Purpose Flour. You can sub with self rising flour if you have it on hand. Just cut out the baking powder. You can also sub with a white wheat flour to make this a slightly healthier bread if desired.
- Baking Powder. This helps with the rise. Again, if you’re using self rising flour you can cut this out.
- Butter. Because. It’s butter. This adds a bit more moisture to the bread, plus half of it gets brushed on the top of the loaf before baking to help the top of our bread look beautiful when done baking.
- Honey. I like a hint of sweetness to my beer bread. And I love when that sweetness comes from honey and not sugar. Just like with my cornbread. It complements the flavors so much better!
- Beer. Of course. You can use any kind of beer you prefer. My personal preference and what I used in this bread is Shiner, a Texas brand. And I went with a Golden Ale for this particular loaf. Since we’re cooking the bread, the beer is going to help create the air to make the bread rise, but the alcohol is going to cook out. Which makes this a side dish that the entire family can enjoy.
What sets this beer bread apart though are the flavors we’re going to add:
- Dried Herbs: I went with a blend of rosemary, oregano and parsley.
- Garlic: This recipe calls for fresh minced garlic. You can also use a garlic powder instead if you don’t have any fresh on hand.
Thanks to adding the entire 12 ounces of a beer to this bread, the bread comes out dense and thick. It’s perfect for soaking up soups and chilis. It’s also wonderful on it’s own slathered with some butter.
Soup recipes perfect to serve this bread with:
Garlic Herb Beer Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 (12 ounce) beer
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp butter, melted (separated)
- Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a loaf pan with non stick baking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, dried herbs, minced garlic and honey.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Pour in the beer, stir until combined.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Smooth out the top and brush the remaining melted butter on top.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Followed the recipe to a T. Worst bread ever. Remained “raw” inside, kept baking it longer and longer but it just didn’t work. Never again…..
Stodgy and disgusting
Hi Ferdie, the most likely culprit for this would be that the oven temperature is too high, or that the pan size you were using is a different size than the recipe calls for. Either of these could cause a raw center.
Absolutely delicious and easy. I used red chili honey to add a little spice and complexity. Tastes delicious with a bit of Irish butter.
Delicious! A friend told me that this bread “tastes like a warm hug.” I agree!
Haven’t baked it yet. Can you omit the honey?
You can. It’s added in for a bit of sweetness.
Oh so easy! Reminds me of my meals in Germany…when I wasn’t ostracized by my family. My parents were married and we lived in Ansbach Germany
Very tasty! My family couldn’t stop raving about it!
Ho Serene! I made this bread tonight with the black Bean soup and it was a success!! Thank giù! I’ m sorry for my english but I am writing from Italy!
Hi Serene! …I made this recipe tonight for dinner with a black Bean soup and it was a success! My babies loves it! I’m sorry of my english is not so correct but I am an I talian girl!
I made this to go with some chili for dinner and the bread was the best part of the meal. Loved the garlic herb flavor it had. Good recipe. Thanks