Beer Bread*


Now let’s all take a second and ooo and ahhh at this beautiful bread!
Ooooo Ahhhh
Now guess what….No yeast! That’s right! No waiting for it to rise either. None of that normal bread crap! No this wonderful bread is my new favorite since it requires less then 5 minutes on my part. Which is quite exciting to me! Not only does it only take 5 minutes and not require any of the dreaded yeast, it also tastes amazing! Growing up we used to go to this restaurant called Wunsche Bros. Cafe and they had some of the most amazing Beer Bread around. Sadly Wunsche Bros. Cafe is all the way back in Texas, so I have not had this bread for many, many years. However this recipe tastes just like I remember!
I thought this bread was perfect right out of the oven, and a great accompaniment to a bowl of chili or along with a steak dinner. I found it on one of my favorite food blogs, Erin’s Food Files. She cut the butter in half (I’m a southern girl and we never opt for less butter) and she added half whole wheat white flour. I did not have any of that, just plain flour, so that is what I used. I actually ended up following the original recipe. As for the beer, I used a dark amber beer because I think it adds more flavor. Feel free to use any beer you have on hand, however I believe the bread tastes better with a dark beer! You should serve this bread right out of the oven, while it is mouthwatering delicious, but if like me you only have a small family of two…just microwave the leftovers before eating. I microwaved it for about 20 seconds and add a smear of butter and thought it was just heavenly.
Beer Bread
Printable Recipe
You will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (Note: Feel free to reduce to 1/4 cup.)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-x-5-x-3-inch loaf pan. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter. Slide a baking sheet onto a lower rack to catch any butter that might overflow from the loaf pan.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Source: Ezra Pound Cake

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13 Responses to “Beer Bread”

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    Beer Bread « Books 'N Cooks — July 9, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

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    Christie B. — August 30, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I love beer bread, so i gave this one a try…. and it is FABULOUS! I used a dark beer and splenda, and it was totally delicious. I have also tried an Amber beer with regular sugar. Seems you just cant mess up this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it, and for your wonderful blog. I am addicted!

    • Jessica replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

      CHRISTIE! What?! You can use Splenda?? How much? Did you use the granules or packets? And did you still use all the butter or did you cut it back?

      I have to know! LOL! I would love for this to be a more ass friendly recipe so I could make it more often 😀

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    Beer Bread – Yep, It’s a Real Thing… – Sprinkle Joy. — September 8, 2011 @ 4:18 am

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    Rob S. — December 7, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much. I lived in Spring, TX from 92-00 and went to Wunsche Bros. now and again. I just thought of it the other night and wanted to see if I could find recipes for the Chocolate Whiskey Cake and the beer bread. Mission accomplished.

    Now if I could find a good recipe for their Chicken Fried Steak, I’ll really be in business.

    • Jessica replied: — December 9th, 2011 @ 12:17 am

      I am so glad I helped another Wunsche Bros Beer Bread lover! I miss it so much…and if you ever find a recipe that is like their Chicken Fried Steak, you better come back and share it with me!!! :-)

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    Rob S. — December 9, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    You got it.

    One thing that I always thought was funny about their beer bread was how heavy it was. I imagine you could dry out a bunch of loaves and build a sturdy building with them. It was soooo good, but had a tendency to be so filling (to me) as well. Had to watch how much I ate so I had enough room for lunch/dinner.

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    Brenden Pokorny — January 25, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Hey! Stumbled across your blog when I googled Wuensche Bros. beer bread. I’m from Spring, and loooove their beer bread too! Going to be trying this recipe this weekend! I hope you don’t mind, but I pinned it on my pinterest board! :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Suzanne Thompson — March 2, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I live in Tomball and absolutely love Wunsche Bro’s beer bread. When I googled for their recipe yours came up. I tried it and it is awesome! Love your bread recipe, will be sharing the link on my cooking interest group!

    You asked about chicken fried steak…I use a recipe I personally think is better than theirs. The link is here:
    I do recommend doing three bowls though, first salt and pepper, then flour, then egg batter, rinse and repeat the last 2 bowls. For some reason the salt/pepper sticks better that way.

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    The Novice Chef » Buttery Beer Bread — December 6, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

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    Tamera Phallan — May 14, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    Tragically Wunsche brothers is closed due to a terrible fire and I have been trying to find a similar recipe. Thank you so much for posting!

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    Sara A. — June 22, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m from Spring, but I’ve lived in Fort Worth for the past few years. I woke up this morning with a crazy crazing for their beer bread. I can’t wait to make this tonight! I was heartbroken to hear about the fire earlier this year. From what I understand, the insurance company still hasn’t issued a decision, so they haven’t been able to start rebuilding yet. :(

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