Beer bread has been a favorite easy bread recipe of mine since a newly-graduated college friend introduced me to it years ago. For him, a twenty-something without much cooking experience who usually had beer on hand, it was an easy recipe. I liked it, too.
I’ve baked beer bread on and off since then but hadn’t made it for awhile. It seemed like a great addition for our St. Patrick’s Day New England boiled dinner, as it’s a quick and easy soda bread.
The alcohol in the beer does bake off when cooking, but dairy-free beer bread doesn’t have to be made with beer. Club soda or plain seltzer would work as well. The bread will have a different taste with either of those substitutions, however.
If you want, you can stir in sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sliced olives, crumbled bacon, chopped herbs, anything that sounds good. You can also brush the top with melted dairy-free margarine for added flavor and color.
No self-rising flour on hand? No problem! I’ve included directions for homemade self-rising flour.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Beer Bread
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 3 cups self-rising flour or Homemade Self-Rising Flour Mix (below)
- 3 tablespoons sugar (can sub your favorite sweetener)
- 12 ounces of beer (see Beer Note & Options below)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons melted dairy-free margarine or buttery spread (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375ºF and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with oil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. Add the beer and stir just until combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and even it out.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Remove the bread from the pan and place it on a cooling rack.
- Brush the top with melted margarine, if desired.
- Let the bread cool a bit before slicing. It will be a bit crumbly when warm.
Beer Note & Options: You can use any kind of beer, but stronger-flavored beers like IPAs can make for bitter bread. For an alcohol-free option, you can substitute 12 ounces of club soda or plain seltzer for the beer. Just make sure you select a dairy-free beer. Some beer does contain milk.