Grandpa Bill’s Beer Bread

Shortly before my grandfather died a few years ago, he passed along to me an awesomely delicious and easy beer bread recipe. For some reason I thought of it earlier this week and I’ve been craving it ever since… so today I caved. 🙂 I love that this recipe is so basic, and you can tweak it to make it yours in so many different ways. I hope you enjoy!

Grandpa Bill’s Beer Bread (3-1-3-1)

Prep Time: 5 min ; Cook Time: 60 min

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 “heapin'” tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 beer (any kind)

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then add beer & mix well (I use my hand). Grease a bread pan (butter or Pam works fine), then put mixture into pan. Smooth the top of the batter out with a wet rubber spatula (run the spatula under water for a second, the batter will be very sticky). Bake 50 min at 350 degrees (watch it though, all ovens are not alike!)… then butter the top of the loaf and bake for 5-10 more min. Voila!

For variations, I use different types of beer and add extra ingredients to complement… some loaves I’ve made in the past include:

  • -Pumpkin Beer w/pecans
  • -Apricot Beer w/ dried cherries
  • -Guinness or Chocolate Stout with chocolate chips
  • and today’s creation… Alaskan White Beer with shredded orange peel and Craisins (I also used wheat flour)


10 replies
  1. Carabee
    Carabee says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never made bread. It always seemed so complicated. I mean, I’ve made stuff from mixes, but that seems like cheating. But this recipe sounds SO easy! And I love the orange peel and craisin variation! I might just have to break down and give it a try!

    Hey, we’d like to feature you next Thursday on BlogTrotting! Can you have a post ready?

  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    This recipe is SUPER easy, it would be perfect for a first-time try. 🙂

    And of course I would love to get a post ready for next Thursday’s BlogTrotting!

  3. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Kim! I just made another loaf this weekend… so easy, and sooooooo good! I love that we always have those 4 ingredients in the house, too. 🙂

  4. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Hi Huimin! Glad you’re going to try out the recipe. 🙂 I use just any 12 oz beer, so I believe that’s about 350ml (or so my trusty friend wikipedia tells me). 🙂 Enjoy!

  5. Maija
    Maija says:

    ACK! We are having a bake sale this weekend, therefore canning 10 cases of jam…and I said to my sister, “We have to find an easy bread recipe…cause I’m not about to rise 15 loaves of yeast bread…” THANK YOU for this!

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