Bake up an easy and comforting loaf of bread today with this no-yeast High Altitude Beer Bread!
This post was originally published on March 30, 2020. It was updated with additional recipe information on September 29, 2020.
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Bread is in high demand these days and so is yeast. So let's bake up our own homemade bread with this No-Yeast High Altitude Beer Bread Recipe. It requires only pantry staples, butter, and a can of beer and is ready in under 45 minutes. Do yourself and your family a favor and make a loaf today!
Baking is hot right now. Literally and figuratively. I've heard friends across the country sharing how their local stores are sold out of baking goods. Everything from brown sugar and oil to flour and butter are clearing out quickly each day.
And not only are they sold out of baking goods, but they're often also out of bread.
So, what do we do when we have more time on our hands, extra flour, (if you're me) some extra beer, but no yeast or pre-made bread?
We start whipping up no yeast beer breads!
A no-yeast high altitude bread, to be exact. It's a whole wheat beer bread recipe that requires absolutely no proofing, is made with just two bowls, and tastes like you labored over it for hours.
And with a rustic bread shape and finish, it's the kind of bread that just begs you to tear into it as soon as it's cooled.
After all, with the rustic bread finish comes a down-to-earth and soothing feeling. The kind of feeling that comes from feeling like we're eating the kind of bread one of our ancestors might have made regularly from scratch for their loved ones. The kind of feeling that reminds us of the fortitude and resiliency of the generations and the strong lineages from which we come, and that yes -- we, too, are part of that heritage.
This High Altitude Beer Bread is...
- Ready in under 45 minutes
- A no-yeast bread
- Perfect for any meal of the day
- Lightly sweet
- Perfectly satisfying
- Made with pantry staples
- Perfectly satisfying
All in all, this no-yeast bread is what you need to make for your next meal! Whether you serve it toasted with butter and jam for breakfast or alongside your dinner, it's sure to please and satisfy almost any crew.
- Whole wheat or bread flour -- we need a flour with a higher protein content for the best high altitude baking experience!
- Baking powder -- this is the only leavening agent we will use in this recipe
- Salt -- brings out all the flavors of the bread. Bread without salt does not taste good!
- Unsalted butter -- adds enough fat to add flavor to the bread without making the bread heavy
- Honey -- is typically used in yeasted bread recipes to help activate the yeast. There is no yeast in this recipe, so we add honey to recreate the flavor of a yeasted bread
- Beer -- what this bread is all about. 😉 Use your favorite beer in this recipe or go for a can of pilsner or lager beer.
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What beer is best for beer bread?
What type of beer you use for your bread all depends on how bitter, or beer tasting, you want your bread. For example, if you want a hoppy flavored bread, use an IPA. If you want a more mellow, almost sweeter bread, use a light lager. If you want bread with a mild yeasty or bitter flavor use a brown or amber ale in your bread.
What is beer bread good with?
Beer bread is good with a lot of things! I like it for breakfast or lunch, spread with butter or raspberry jam, but it's also delicious alongside beef stew, chili, or a hearty soup. You can also serve it with a cheese plate, a cheese dip, or cheesy soup. Delicious!
Is there alcohol in beer bread?
No, there is no alcohol in a loaf of baked beer bread. All of the alcohol burns off as the bread bakes, leaving no alcohol remaining.
Does beer bread taste like beer?
Yes, beer bread does taste faintly like beer, but you can control how much it tastes like beer by choosing what type of beer to make it with. For example, lighter lager beer will create a more neutral loaf of bread whereas a stronger or darker type of beer -- like an IPA or brown lager -- will create a loaf with a stronger beer flavor.
What is the best way to measure flour for homemade bread or other baking recipes?
The most accurate way to measure flour when baking is to weigh your flour. The amount of flour you use can make all the difference in your recipe.
You can buy a good kitchen scale on Amazon for only $10 (I don't make any money off your purchase through that link, either).
If you don't have a scale, spoon the flour into your measuring cups and then level the cup off with a knife.
The most inaccurate way to measure flour is by scooping your measuring cup into the flour. You can get up to 20-30% more flour than you need by doing this because the flour can compact in the container, making it much more dense and giving you more flour than you need for your recipe.
Watch this quick video to see how the different methods of measuring flour match up!
Some other high altitude baking recipes you might like:
Other tasty baking recipes you might enjoy:
- No Yeast Dinner Rolls
- Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
- Oatmeal Bread (No-Yeast)
- Flourless Banana Oatmeal Cake (Gluten-Free!)
- Blender Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Gluten-Free!)
- Blender Apple Cake (Gluten-free!)
- Peanut Butter Brookies
- No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Fudgy Date Brownies (Gluten-free!)
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This No-Yeast High Altitude Beer Bread is an easy way to enjoy a hearty and satisfying loaf of bread anytime! It doesn't require any proofing so it's ready in under 45 minutes.
Choose a lighter beer like a lager or pilsner if you want a sweeter loaf of bread with a more faint beer flavor. Use a stronger beer like an IPA or brown lager if you want a loaf of bread with a more pronounced beer flavor.
Make sure to use a flour with a higher protein content -- like whole wheat or bread flour -- as it ensures best results at altitude.
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 3 cups (or 360g) whole wheat or bread flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3.5 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/4 cup beer
- Preheat the oven to 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl until all the dry ingredients are evenly whisked together.
- In a medium-size glass or microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the butter and honey and melt in the microwave on 30-40% heat in 30-second intervals, whisking between intervals, until the butter and honey are melted and mixed together.
- Slowly whisk the beer into the butter and honey mixture -- it's okay if it foams a bit -- until the honey is dissolved into the other liquids.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk gently until no streaks of flour remain in the batter.
- Lightly shape the batter into a large ball and gently turn it out onto the parchment paper. Gently re-shape the ball with your hands if any imperfections form when turning it out.
- Bake the loaf for 28-30 minutes, or until the loaf is golden on the bottom and around the edges and sounds hollow when tapped on the outside.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately move the loaf of bread to a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool for at least 15-30 minutes or until completely cooled before slicing and serving.
This bread will last covered in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. It can last up to 2 months frozen in a freezer-safe container.
To make this bread dairy-free, use ghee in place of the butter.
Amount Per Serving Calories 255Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 8mgSodium 270mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 9g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.