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It only takes 6 simple/pantry ingredients to make this Honey Beer Bread – and NO yeast! No rising time, just mix with a spoon and bake!

ThisHoney Beer Bread is one of those recipes we have with so many of our family meals. We also love easy bread recipes like my No Knead BreadandCheesy Garlic Bread. This is one of myBread RecipesI know you’ll want to keep on hand!

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Have a craving for some homemade bread – but you don’t have any yeast? Been there!

Or maybe you’re intimidated by using yeast, or just don’t want to wait hours and hours for bread to rise, then rise again. Been there too!

This beer bread is your solution! Just 6 ingredients, no kneading, no rising, no yeast, no mixers – no fuss. Mix with a spoon/spatula, add it to the pan, top with some butter and bake!

My 10 year old could make this entire recipe herself, so I promise you, it’s easy peasy.

If you’re worried this bread recipe will taste overly beer-ish (yep, we’re making up words here), it really doesn’t. It has a slight, delicious bitterness, and has a subtle beer taste – but a fabulous one!


  1. Preheat oven and prepare loaf pan.
  2. Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl and stir. The dry ingredients here are flour (regular all-purpose), baking powder (helps the bread rise), and salt (for flavor).
  3. Pour in wet ingredients. This is the beer (choose your fave), and honey (adds a slightly sweet flavor plus a bit of moisture).
  4. Stir until combined. Just use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and stir until all the flour is incorporated.
  5. Add half the melted butter to the bottom of the pan. This helps release the bread from the pan after baking, as well as adds extra buttery flavor!
  6. Add the batter and top with remaining butter. This ensures a nice golden brown top, plus, more buttery flavor.
  7. Bake until golden and cooked through. This always takes about 47-ish minutes for me, but since all ovens are different, make sure you test with a toothpick or knife to check for doneness.
  8. Let cool in the pan for a bit, then turn out to cool on rack. It’s SO tempting to dive right into this bread as soon as it comes out – but I think it has the best texture when it’s been cooled for about 20-30 minutes. Still warm, but not hot.

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  • USE YOUR FAVORITE BEER – I like to use a regular Budweiser or Miller to make this bread because it’s cheap, and produces a very light beer flavor. If you prefer a more robust beer flavor profile, feel free to use an ale, or your favorite brew.
  • TEXTURE – don’t expect this beer bread to have the same texture and crumb as a sandwich bread or a loaf from your favorite bakery. This bread is dense and hearty, with a tendency to crumble a bit as you slice it… while still being incredibly moist and tender.


  • NON-ALCOHOLIC – a huge percentage of the alcohol is cooked away when baking this bread, so it won’t give you ANY sort of buzz, but if you’d rather not consume alcohol, my best substitution would be non-alcoholic beer. Maybe a seltzer water would work, but I haven’t tested it.
  • MUFFINS – if you’re in a hurry, you can make honey beer bread muffins! Just lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin, add 1/2 tsp of melted butter in the bottom of each muffin cup, fill the cups 2/3 of the way up with batter, and spoon another 1/2 tsp of melted butter over the top of each one. Bake at 375°F for about 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
  • FLAVOR ADD-INS – you can totally customize this bread! Feel free to add in some of your favorite seasonings, or cheeses! I like to add a cup of shredded cheddar to mine.
  • SELF-RISING FLOUR – if you don’t have any all-purpose flour, self rising flour will work – just omit the baking powder.
  • SUGAR – You could substitute the honey with granulated sugar if you prefer.

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This bread is definitely best when made fresh, and other than the baking time, it comes together so quickly!


This bread can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days without losing freshness.


Baked beer bread can be frozen for up to 5-6 months! Cool it completely and wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place it into a freezer container. Thaw in the refrigerator and microwave a slice for 20-25 seconds for a “warm from the oven” flavor!

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  • Mixing Bowl – no fancy tools here, just a lightweight and economical mixing bowl.
  • Rubber Spatula – I like to use spatulas like these that are all one piece, as they seem to hold up better.

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Did you make this? Be sure to leave a review below and tag me @the_chunky_chef on Facebook and Instagram!

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Honey Beer Bread

5 from 13 votes

Author: The Chunky Chef

Prep Time: 7 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes minutes

Total Time: 52 minutes minutes

Calories: 2143

Servings: 1 standard loaf

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It only takes 6 simple/pantry ingredients to make this Honey Beer Bread - and NO yeast!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 oz beer (your favorite kind)
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp melted butter divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly spray the sides of a 9x5" loaf pan. Set aside.

  • To a mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt, and stir to combine. Pour in the beer and honey and stir until no flour streaks remain.

  • Add half of the melted butter to the bottom of prepared loaf pan and tilt the pan around so the butter coats the bottom of the pan. Transfer batter to pan, spreading it out into an even layer.

  • Pour remaining half of the melted butter over the top of the batter, brushing it around so it evenly coats the top.

  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

  • Let bread cool in the pan for 5-7 minutes, then turn out carefully onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Chef Tips

** can easily be doubled to make two loaves

Bread is great with butter, honey, or toasted!

Nutrition Disclaimer

The Chunky Chef is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Molly says

    Does the beer need to be room temperature or is straight from the fridge ok?


    • The Chunky Chef says

      I usually let mine sit on the counter for about 15 minutes or so 🙂


  2. Denise Harris says

    Wonderful , very easy and flavorful. I used shiner bock , being from Texas and I threw some sunflower, pumpkin seed , hemp Chia and flaxseed for topping delicious.
    Took a picture of it, but I don’t know how to attach..


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Honey Beer Bread (no yeast/quickbread recipe) - The Chunky Chef (2024)


What are the 4 types of quick breads? ›

Muffins, coffeecakes, scones, and pancakes are examples of quick breads, that like their name implies, can be prepared quickly in a kitchen.

What are the 7 ingredients in quick breads? ›

The possibilities are endless, but the common factor is the basic ingredients of fat, sugar, eggs, flour, liquid, leavening agent, and a flavoring ingredient.

What is the difference between quick breads and yeast breads? ›

Quick comparison
Yeast breadQuick bread
Avg prep time involved2-½ hours or more10 minutes
Flavorbuttery, yeasty, neutral, lower in sugarsweet, often has glaze, higher in sugar
Texturesoft and fluffytender and cakey
Leaveningyeastbaking soda, baking powder
2 more rows
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What is the best beer to use for beer bread? ›

Lighter beers, such as lagers, ales and pilsners, will give your bread a lighter color, and mild taste that just about everyone loves. Darker beers like stouts and porters make a darker-colored loaf and have a stronger beer flavor. Hoppy beers like IPAs will give your bread a more bitter taste.

What makes quick breads tender and fluffy? ›

The two main quick-acting leavening agents are baking powder and baking soda Salt: Used as a seasoning Liquid: Helps in the blending of dry ingredients and the formation of gluten. It triggers the leavening action of baking powder or baking soda. Sugar: Makes quick breads tender and adds flavor.

What is the difference between a quick bread and a non quick bread? ›

Simply put, quick bread is a bread recipe that is made without yeast. That's it! Instead of using yeast to achieve a rise, these bread recipes rely upon leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder. Unlike yeasted breads, quick breads don't need to be proofed or kneaded.

What two chemicals must be in a quick bread recipe in order for it to have a chemical leavening reaction which gives off carbon dioxide and makes quick breads rise? ›

2. What are two common chemical leavening agents that are used in quick breads? Baking soda and baking powder. Reacts only once-as soon as the chemical is dissolved in liquid.

Which ingredient in quick breads enhances flavor? ›

LIQUID—You may use milk, water, or juice in making quick breads. The purpose of the liquid is to moisten the flour, dissolve the sugar and salt, and cause a chemical re- action in the baking powder to release the gas necessary for rising. Milk or juice contribute flavor and nutrients.

What does egg do in quick bread? ›

But besides the nutritional benefits there are a few other good reasons to use egg in breadmaking. It makes the bread lighter and fluffier. The reason for that is the fat in the yolk that inhibits gluten formation just as any other fat would. This results in a looser dough that can expand and puff up more.

What do quick breads use instead of yeast? ›

Quick breads are a type of bread made without yeast, instead relying on other leavening agents like baking soda or baking powder.

What do quick breads not use? ›

Quick breads do not use yeast for leavening. Therefore, they are quick and easy to make. Under-mixing causes quick breads to be crumbly, dry and have very few tunnels.

What is a substitute for instant yeast in bread? ›

Baking Powder

The ratio to replace yeast with baking powder in a recipe is 1:1, making it much easier to substitute if you have baking powder on hand. Simply measure out the amount of baking powder for how much yeast the recipe calls for. Baking soda substitution is best when used with: Batter breads.

Can I use water instead of beer in beer bread? ›

Can You Use Something Other Than Beer in Beer Bread? Absolutely! Almost any carbonated or noncarbonated beverage can be used, including water, soda pop, milk or buttermilk, fruit juice and even creamed corn! In general substitute 12 fluid ounces of whatever liquid you choose in place of beer.

Why is my beer bread so dense? ›

Without sufficient leavening from the beer, a loaf of beer bread will be fairly dense and heavy unless an additional leavening agent (e.g., baking soda, baking powder, baker's yeast and sugar, sourdough starter, or wild yeast cultured from the environment) is added.

How do you know when beer bread is done? ›

Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted about 1/2" into the top of the loaf comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.

What are the 5 types of quick breads? ›

Quick breads include many cakes, brownies and cookies—as well as banana bread, pumpkin bread, beer bread, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread.

What are common types of quick breads? ›

All the best quick breads, including banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, and cornbread recipes.
  • Irish Soda Bread.
  • Popovers and Yorkshire Pudding.
  • Tortillas.
  • Scones.
  • Biscuit.
  • Cornbread.
  • Pumpkin Bread.
  • Zucchini Bread.

How many quick breads are there? ›

Quick breads include muffins, biscuits, scones, cornbread, and quick loaf breads like banana bread and zucchini bread.


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