Easy Homemade Bread


Easy Homemade Bread

This easy bread with self-rising flour is perfect for sandwiches, snacking, and more!

Easy Homemade Bread
1 loaf
1 Hr

Don't let the ingredients fool you. Our Easy Homemade Bread is so moist and delicious, no one would ever guess you made it with sour cream and beer. It'll be our secret.

You also don't have to tell anyone how easy it is to make this self-rising flour bread recipe. Since it is made without yeast, you don't have to wait around for the dough to rise. You also don't have to worry about the yeast not activating, leading to a flat loaf of bread. This recipe is truly easy and will result in a delicious bread that everyone will love.

You can slice up this beer bread and use it for sandwiches. We think roast beef and grainy mustard would taste amazing on it. You can also enjoy a slice of this bread warm with good butter and a smear of jam or honey. The possibilites are endless! We love how versatile this quick bread recipe is, and we think you will too. Enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • 5 cups self-rising flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Add sour cream and beer alternately; mix well. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 45 minutes; brush top with butter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool slightly; serve warm, cool, or sliced and toasted.


  • There are some unexpected ingredients here, like the sour cream and beer, but it works beautifully. Try it and you'll see!
  • Are self-rising flour and bread flour the same? No, they are different! Self-rising flour is a mix of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. It is convenient to use in baking recipes, because you don't have to measure out all three ingredients separately. Bread flour, on the other hand, is a higher protein flour that is great for making yeasted breads. It helps lots of gluten develop during the kneading process, leading to a better chewy bread texture. Bread flour can be used in yeasted breads or other chewy bread recipes (like pizza crust), but you shouldn't substitute it for other types of recipes.
  • Wanna add another bread to your basket? Why not try our recipe for Cheese Bread!

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Hi Again Test Kitchen Team Please disregard my question, I see in another review you answered about using club soda instead of beer. Thank you!

Dear Test Kitchen Team This looks good but I am afraid it will taste like beer, is that true??

Can I use All Purpose Flour and Baking Soda or Baking Powder for this Recipe?

Hello! If you'd like to replace the self rising flour in this recipe, the Test Kitchen recommends the following: 5 cups flour, 2 1/f tablespoons of baking powder, and 2 teaspoons of salt! The Test Kitchen has not tried this method but believes that it will work just fine. Hope this was helpful!

Did this work?

This recipe is great. It is easy and delicious. It is great plain, with butter. It is very yummy toasted. I will be baking this again and again and agin

This recipe is so easy and delicious. The only change I made is to use a large loaf pan instead of a square dish.

I've always wanted to know how to make homemade bread, and this looks like a great way to start!

This is a question for the Mr. Food staff. How much regular yeast would one use in this recipe, for those of us who would like this bread but either do not like or CAN NOT HAVE the alcohol taste. I understand that the beer gives it flavor but there are some of us who can't take that chance. AND I also know there will be some smart mouth who will denigrate us so if you have a bread recipe that is similar and just as easy without the beer would you PLEASE print it for us? Thank you so much.

We haven't had a chance to test this recipe with yeast, so we're not sure how it will work, but you can always substitute beer with club soda. We also have a recipe called "Sweet Wheat Bread," which is made with yeast and is very good too!

The amount of flour seems excessive for the pan size. Is this correct?

Don't worry - it is correct! :) Enjoy!

Im doing this tonight. crossing my fingers!

Is there something that can be substituted for the beer? We don't drink so there's no beer in the house.

Try substituting club soda for the beer. Enjoy!

Amish Country Casserole is a big winner for our family, the dish itself is a 5 star, this casserole is delicate in flavors, not over saucy and is best complimented with homemade bread, (5) star

we like the mix you buy, this will be cheaper and I would rather make it my self and know just what is in it. thanks

I've made many of your recipes and printed even more. May i suggest that you shorten the space used? I always have to use 2 sheets of copy paper with one being almost blank. Wasting paper is no fun. I admit I save the blank pages to hand write my own versions or other recipes.

Go to File>Page Setup>Scale (or a similar setup on your 'puter) to reduce the size of your printed image. Or in your print dialog, click on page 1 to 1.

While 1st page is printing pull paper stack out and when finished printing replace printed page so blank side will print the rest of info.

You can copy and paste only the part you want to your writing program. If you want to print it you have an option to select how many pages you want to print. Select 1 page. Good luck and happy cooking.


this receipt is coming out gooyeee...should I have used a metal PAN VERSES THE GLASS ONE I USED...HELP ME

Could we lower the amount of sugar? We are Diabetics and I can't stand the taste of much sugar, anyway. :)

Why not? It is your recipe and you can tweak it any way you want. There are sugar substitutes that you can use "spoon for spoon". I used to use the artificial sweeteners because I am Diabetic too. They are like "poison" to your body, so now I use STEVIA all natural sweetener. It is excellent and does not leave any after taste in your mouth. I have not tried it in a recipe yet, so cannot give any advice on that. Good luck.

Fcan light beer be used in place of regular beer?

Yes you can! :-)


Toast and slather with honey-butter ! Yum !

Would this bread do well at high altitude?

We have not tested at a high altitude so we aren't sure if it will work.

I have made beer bread many times, Ale will work but club soda will not, you need the yeast. I like to use 14oz. of beer so it is not so dense.

What type of beer do you have to put in and what sort do you use. What is the name of the beer

Any kind of beer will do, we used Budweiser beer.

This sounds good can't wait to try it.

I haven't tried this yet but wondered if it could be made in a regular bread loaf pan.

Yes use a loaf pan. Just keep the batter about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the pan so it can rise correctly. This is a very dense bread and the top will be lumpy not smooth like other breads.

can you use club soda and not beer

It's the flavor of the beer that adds substance to the bread, so club soda really wouldn't get it.

You need to use beer because of the yeast in it to make the bread rise.

You are using self rising flour that has the leavening in it. Beer only adds flavor

this sounds so good and easy to prepare...will try it I know. love homemade breads

When I make other beer bread, I use my favorite beer because then the bread is even better! I don't chinz on the ingredients!

Can this be made in bread pans instead of an 8X8?

Let beer and other major ingredients come to room temperature to allow bread to rise property when baking.

I'm excited to try this...however I have a question....I have several bottles of Apple Ale leftover from our Super Bowl party....would that work?

Absolutely, yes!

Came out beautiful, tasted awful. maybe it was the brand of beer, I used a well known brand but no-one in two families liked it. However to be fair we are not drinkers.

I do NO beer or liquor. What can I use in place of the beer for this bread.... Thank you

DMWG - I know some beer bread mixes you can use a can of soda, but I'm not sure about this one.

You have to use beer because it is the yeast that they process the beer with that makes the bread rise. I use a cheap brand can of beer it is less noticeable and when you cook "Beer" all of the alcohol content burns off all you have left is the flavor of the hops and the yeast properties to rise the bread.

I've already made this several times! My son loves, loves, loves it! It's so easy!

Don't know what went wrong, but I followed the recipe. Bread didn't raise very much and I baked it for 45 minutes then brushed top with butter and baked another 15 minutes. Had to put it back in because it was very doughy for another 10 minutes. Don't know whether I will try this again. "ooh it wasn't so good!!"

If you didn't use the self-rising flour, that would be your problem.

Sometimes if the flour is out-of-date , it will not rise. I had that happen until I made a mental note to check the expiration date prior to using.

This is THE best bread I ever made! Very flavorful. I used a 5x10 breadpan instead of 8x8 and it almost overflowed.

This recipe was very easy to make. I added 1 TBSP of dill to jazz it up, but if you really like dill, add 2 TBSP.

This was real easy to make. I added 1 TBSP of dill to jazz it up a little, but if you really like dill add 2 TBSP.

How do you mix up self-rising flour?

Homemade Self-Rising Flour (1 cup) 1 cup flour 1- tsp baking powder tsp salt Combine ingredients mixing well before using. The recipe may be doubled or tripled as needed.

Do you think this could be made without the sugar?

We would not recommend leaving it out because the combination of the sugar, beer and self-rising flour all work together. Thank you!

Someone ask about method of mixing - although it's a little messy I found that two (very clean) hands finished it up with great ease. Just like kneading only more moist.

Kids coming with dinner so I made this bread - was a huge success. Son-in-law even requested some to take home :) With grandsons in their teens knew I would get honest opinion. BTW - I'm 80 yrs. old so ease of recipe is appreciated.

Can easy homemade bread be made with whole grain or multi-grain flour?

If it's self rising. That is the key.

Use less or omit the sugar as it will be too sweet

What size pan should be used for baking?

The recipe states an 8 inch baking pan, like you would use for brownies.

Have to use something other than beer think I read somewhere that club soda will work. I cannot drink anything or eat anything with alcohol and cooking does not take it all out. I found that out watching the Food Channel shows.

You are correct, if you can not use beer, you can substitute with club soda. Enjoy!

Use the club soda and save on the calories...win win

If you like the beer flavor but not the alcohol, how about an alcohol-free brew like O'Doul's?

wonderful, great, very heopful to prepare different recipes.i get blred with the sme old dsme old. thank you mr fookd

The heat of the oven will cook out the alchol in the beer. I think I will use soda pop as we don't have beer on hand and I don't want to buy six pack for the bread. Am going to try this tonight for supper.

I notices only part of the beer was used, yet the recipe requires a full beer?

Where did you see use only part of the beer?

If watch the Video, he poured "a bit of beer" into the mixture... His "bit" looked like 1/2 bottle... ... might as well drink the leftovers... LOL ... can't let that good stuff go to waste... LOL

Great question! The entire beer is used in this recipe. As stated in the recipe, you add the beer and the sour cream alternately. In the video, you only see one addition of each. We continued adding the beer and sour cream alternately until it was all added to the dry ingredients. Thank you and enjoy!

A can of beer is 12 oz. which is 1 1/2 cups; you are using the entire can as called for n recipe!

Is it advisable to use an electric mixer (on low)... or does it have to be mixed by hand?

We would not suggest using an electric mixer, the batter is much too thick. A wooden spoon is your best bet. Thank you for your question!

How do you make your own "Self-rising flour"? How much Baking Powder & Salt?

Self-rising flour: 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons baking powder

How can I substitute the beer for someone who cannot have beer? Thank you very much for this...for sure I am trying this bread, sounds so easy!!!!

You can substitute a can of soda pop for the beer.

use sparkling water.

I thought there was a possible yeast factor in the beer... (???)

If you prefer not to use beer, we would recommend using club soda as a substitution. Enjoy!

Could you use low fat or fat free sour cream and light beer?

Sure you can. Although, we would recommend low fat sour cream rather than fat free. Thank you for your question and enjoy!

I Think this is a wonderful easy reciepe and yesssssssss, It Is Soooooooo **Good**Thanks **Mr.Foods**


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