By Jodee Weiland
Homemade beer batter bread is so easy and quick to make, it’s almost like making it from the box. While the box recipes simply add a bottle of beer and stir lightly, homemade beer batter bread recipes use anywhere from three to five ingredients depending on the recipe you choose to follow. I looked over dozens and tried a few in the past. None of them are really all that different from each other, but a couple of things stood out for me. So what I’m giving you here is my idea of what makes the best beer batter for what I call Homemade Apple Cider Beer Batter Bread. For me the difference is in the brown sugar and the apple cider beer.
Some recipes merely use flour, beer, and sugar. Others use the same with brown sugar in place of regular sugar. I prefer the brown sugar and the flavor it adds to the bread. Still other recipes will go on to add baking powder and salt. Although I’m not a big fan of salt, it’s really so little, it barely makes a difference. The salt is used because of the baking powder, and together it will help the bread raise more. I like that idea, so I use these two ingredients as well. The last thing I changed was the beer to apple cider beer. I wanted bread with a touch more sweetness. These five ingredients come together to make an easy and delicious Homemade Apple Cider Beer Batter Bread!
Homemade Apple Cider Beer Batter Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-12 ounce apple cider beer at room temperature
Unsalted butter to grease the loaf pan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it lightly with unsalted butter. Then mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Once blended together, add the bottle of apple cider beer. As you pour it into the dry ingredients, it will foam. Stir together for lightly, about 20 to 25 strokes. It will still be lumpy when you spoon it into your loaf pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for thirty to forty minutes. Test readiness by putting a toothpick in the center and pulling it out. If the toothpick comes out of the bread clean, the bread is ready.
My Homemade Apple Cider Beer Batter Bread is delicious and goes well with just about any dish or just by itself with a little butter. It would be delicious with soups, stews, salads, and along with a meat dish and vegetables. But with its slight touch of sweetness, a slice of this bread with some butter is great, especially when it’s warm from the oven. So however you decide to have this bread, always enjoy!