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Beer Bread

Jennifer Chandler

Today is National Drink a Beer Day! Beer lovers will all confess, there is not much better than a frosty mug of beer. But, did you also know you can cook with beer?

During the early days of the pandemic, Memphis Made Brewing Co. shared a recipe for making homemade beer bread.

In April 2020, the brewery started handing out flyers with the recipe to customers who picked up beers at the brewery. “We knew people had some time on their hands,” said Andy Ashby, co-founder and sales manager of Memphis Made Brewing Co. “We thought it would be a fun thing to do at home.”

And he was right!

Making your own bread is simpler than you think. Many bread recipes require live yeast as well as long times for the dough to rise.

Memphis Made’s recipe only requires three ingredients and takes three simple steps.

The results are a flavorful bread that is just as delicious as it is fun to make.

The ingredients are ones you probably already have at home: 3 cups self-rising flour, ½ cup sugar and one 12-ounce beer. If you don’t have self-rising flour, just make your own by adding 2 teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour.

Andy said the type of beer will slightly change the flavor of the bread. He said a delicately-hopped cream ale like their Junt beer will result in a more traditional loaf of bread. A malty beer, like Memphis Made’s Fireside, will make a sweeter, more cake-like loaf.

It’s so easy to make, experiment with your favorite beers. Just be sure to save a beer or two to enjoy with a buttered slice of warm, freshly baked bread.

This is Jennifer Chandler with The Weekly Dish. Cheers!

Memphis Made’s Three Ingredient Beer Bread

  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce beer (Memphis Made Junt or Fireside)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray bread pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix flour, sugar and beer together.

Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until baked through.

Remove from the oven and let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and let it cool before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf.

For more information about Memphis Made Brewing Co. and its craft beers, visit memphismadebrewing.com.

Jennifer Chandler graduated at the top of her class from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is a full-time mom to two daughters in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a freelance food writer, restaurant consultant, and author of four cookbooks The Southern Pantry Cookbook, Simply Salads, Simply Suppers, and Simply Grilling.