In my family, it is pretty standard practice to slice up a fresh loaf of beer bread into large, chunky squares, pile them all up in a bowl with a nice tub of spinach dip on the side and watch it disappear rapidly at the beginning of any party or gathering. It’s almost a game really, the host makes up the bread, starts slicing it, and immedietly people start sneaking their fingers in there to steal a piece or two before the dish is even served up.
Now here’s the real trick to this tradition – this beer bread is very commonly made from a purchased bag of premade mix, all you have to do is add a can of beer to the mix, pop it in the oven, and in an hour you’ll have a fresh loaf! It’s great, it’s ultra easy, it’s delicious…but one thing it’s NOT is budget friendly! One loaf can run you six dollars! I have a copycat recipe that uses ingredients most people have on hand at home, and it tastes even better than the premade mix!
1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a bread pan with Pam Spray.
2. Mix dry ingredients and the first 1/2 tsp of salt together in a large bowl. Add beer bread and mix until combined (dough will be sticky).
3. Pour dough into the greased bread pan and pour the melted butter over the top. Sprinkle the 3/4 tsp of Kosher or Sea salt over the top of the melted butter.
4. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes until the top of the bread is golden brown.
5. You can serve warm if desired. Enjoy!