Is there a smell better that baking bread? I’m going to answer that for you, NO! Or how about the taste of a freshly sliced piece of homemade bread with (real) butter melting over the top. My mouth is watering! But let me quickly break you out of this carb trance with the the thought of kneading, proofing, kneading, proofing, waiting….exhausting….boring! I do not have time for all that noise. Do you?? That is why I was thrilled when my sister gave me this recipe a few years ago!! It requires no kneading, no proofing, no waiting! You just sift, open a beer, pour, and mix. Anyone can do that. Even my husband can do that, maybe.
This bread comes out of the oven with the most beautiful textured golden crust. By covering the dough in butter before you pop in in the oven you create a crispy, buttery top. When you bite into a fresh slice you can literally hear the crunch of the crust, follow by the soft bread inside. The flavor is truly unique. It reminds me of a mellow sourdough with a hint of beer in the background. In a subtle, can’t place the flavor, kind of way.
This bread can be spiced up, literally, to go with the menu you are serving or to use up herbs you have in your fridge. We love to add rosemary or chives to our bread. Adding an italian mix of basil, oregano, garlic and chives would also be great. The last time I made this bread I added kalamata olives and it was delicious! You are only limited by your imagination… (I feel like that is a really cheesy saying).. Speaking of cheese, I bet you could add cheese and garlic like the Red Lobster biscuits!? Yum!
4 Ingredient Beer Bread makes an amazing table bread, especially if you are able to serve it straight out of the oven when it is crispiest! If you choose to make this bread ahead follow these steps to make the most delicious golden toasty table bread:
- Cut bread into thick slices
- Butter both sides and place them on a sheet pan. Add any seasoning you would like (garlic).
- Place in a 400 degree oven for 5-8 minutes, flipping the slices half way thru.
Or it makes for a great snack on an overcast, cold, rainy spring day snuggled up in sweats and fuzzy boots (UGG wanna-be’s) with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
I hope you try this 4 Ingredient Bread in your kitchen.
- 3 cups self rising flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (12oz) can of beer
- Pour beer into a large bowl.
- Sift 3 heaping cups of flour into a separate bowl. Measure three exact cups from the pre sifted flour into another bowl.
- Add the sugar to the flour and stir to mix. (add herbs here if using)
- Pour the flour mixture into the beer and mix just until moist. Overmixing will cause your loaf to be tough.
- Pour dough into prepared loaf pan.
- Top with melted butter.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, until golden.