3 ingredient beer bread, also known as 123 bread, is the quickest no-knead bread recipe available. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and offers a moist, spongy texture that’s easy to slice and pairs well with jam or margarine.
The beer bread calls for just 3 ingredients: beer, flour, and sugar.
Beer ( 1 can/bottle)
3 ingredient beer bread requires a carbonated beverage – we use beer because *beer bread.* But the bread will set properly and work with any other carbonated beverage. You could substitute beer with regular soda, seltzer water, or any other carbonated drink. Just keep in mind that the carbonated beverage you choose WILL impact the taste.
Adding a carbonated beverage to the mix, like beer, allows the bread to be light and airy without adding yeast or kneading – a much more hands-on and time-consuming process of making bread.
Flour (2 cups)
Flour is the base of bread. In this beer bread recipe, we use self-rising flour, but don’t worry if you have none on hand! You can make self-rising flour with just baking powder and salt (and flour, of course). Simply add 3 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to your 2 cups of flour and you’ve got self-rising flour.
Whole wheat flour is always ideal since it’s the most nutritious, but many store-bought whole wheat flours leave the finished bread with a less-than-desirable taste. If you have the option, grinding whole wheat berries at home and using them fresh makes amazing whole wheat flour, but that’s not realistic for all. White and all-purpose flour work great too.
Sugar (3 tablespoons)
Any sugary sweetener will do! Sugar, maple syrup, and agave are great options, though we always opt for granulated cane sugar when making beer bread.
1 can of beer
2 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a bread pan generously.
Mix all ingredients and pour into bread pan.
Bake for ~35 minutes.
Enjoy warm with your spread of choice 🙂