Savory with a dash of sweet this apple bacon beer bread is an easy homemade quick bread. It’s great when you want homemade bread, but don’t have the time or energy to make a classic yeast bread. With just a few pantry staples, a couple fun mix-ins, butter, and your favorite beer, you are on your way to a tasty loaf of homemade bread. No yeast or sourdough starter required.
When it comes to homemade bread making, I’m all for pulling out yeast and getting my hands dirty. In fact, I often find it a major stress reliever.
Sometimes though, I don’t feel like kneading for what can feel like hours and then waiting actual real hours for the bread to rise not once, but twice before I can bake it. Sometimes, I just want to smell the bread. Often, I just want to eat it.
When those times arrive, homemade beer bread is usually my go to choice. While I love my Cheddar Sausage Beer Bread, this apple bacon combination is one of my favorite variations. A little sweet, a little savory, and since it’s a quick bread it leaves lots of time for other things.
Beer Bread Basics
The first thing to know about beer bread: the yeast in the beer does not make the bread rise. The yeast in the beer is brewer’s yeast and its job is to ferment the beer. Brewers yeast and baking yeast are two different things and can’t be used interchangeably. If you want to learn more, check out my cheddar sausage Guinness beer bread – it’s a mouthful to say, but also a delicious mouthful to eat!
The second thing to know about beer bread: only use beer that you enjoy drinking. Since the beer makes up a large part of the ingredients, the flavor of the beer is prominent. If that prominent flavor isn’t enjoyable from the glass, it won’t be enjoyable from the plate either. This also applies to anything else cooked or baked with beer, wine, or any other alcohol.
Beer Bread Variations
When it comes to your basic beer bread almost every recipe I’ve seen is the same. It’s based on a set ratio of flour, leavener (usually baking powder), salt, sugar, beer, and butter. Total quantities can be adjusted for more or fewer loaves, but for reliable results the base recipe remains the same. The variations come in the mix-ins and your choice of beer.
The Apples and Bacon
I love the apple and bacon combination in this bread. It’s a little salty and a little sweet, and a whole lot of satisfactory snacking. I especially love this combination with a sharp cheddar cheese, which is full satisfied by using this bread for grilled cheese sandwiches.
Your apples should be raw and cut up into small chunks. Any variety will do, the best variety is usually the one that doesn’t require an additional trip the store. I often use honeycrisp, gala, or jazz apples. If you’re using a variety with a thick skin, you may want to peel it, but it’s not required. Granny smith and other baking apples may retain too much of their structure, but that choice is yours.
The bacon should be cooked thoroughly, then chopped or crumbled into pieces about the same size as the apple chunks. Like extra crispy bacon? Make yours extra crispy. Like your bacon slightly undercooked? Go for it. The choice is up to you!
Choosing a Beer
As mentioned in rule number two, do not bake or cook with beer you don’t enjoy drinking. If Miller Lite is your jam, use it in this recipe. If you like small batch craft IPAs, you’ll love the beer bread at our house. Want to try it with a cider instead? Please do and let me know how it turns out! (I can only imagine it would taste amazing!)
Keep in mind that the stronger the flavor of your beer, the more prominent those flavors will be in the bread. Things like stouts, IPAs, and Belgian triples will stand out more than pilsners, lagers, or anything labeled “light beer”. Again, choose something you like and you will get good results.
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Apple Bacon Beer Bread Recipe
A little bit sweet and a little bit savory this apple bacon beer bread is a delicious addition to lunch, brunch, or for an afternoon snack. No-knead, no yeast, and no time spent rising makes this beer flavored quick bread a tasty homemade treat.
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- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1/4 cup butter - melted
- 12 ounces beer
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Liberally butter or oil a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl measure out flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk to combine and remove any lumps.
- Crumble bacon, then add chopped apples and bacon to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour in melted butter and beer. Mix until just combined, but don't over mix. Batter will be sticky.
- Pour batter into greased pan and place immediately into the hot oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. About 50 - 60 minutes.
- Cool 5 - 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 1032mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g
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