Three ingredient beer bread

No yeast? No problem. In just over an hour, and one bottle of beer, you’ll have fresh bread. Stay away from hoppy beers like an IPA, they give the bread a more bitter taste. Choose Irish stout, English bitter, or a pale ale.  

This bread recipe is best baked in a Dutch oven, for the same reason professional bakers add steam to their ovens. The steam caramelizes the sugars on the surface of the dough to give it more volume and a crispier crust. 

Why is beer bread great for emergencies?

Yeast is very fragile and hard to keep fresh. This bread is made from only three ingredients, doesn't require the complicated process letting the dough rise, and it's easy to keep your shelves stocked with flour, sugar, and beer. 

Prep time 15 minutes 
Cook Time 1 hour 
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes 


  • 3 Cups Self-rising flour 
  • 3 Tbs Sugar 
  • 12 Oz Beer 


  1. Preheat your oven to 375ยบ F with your Dutch oven warming in the oven. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. Add the beer and stir just until combined. 
  3. Remove your Dutch oven and drop the batter into your Dutch oven. 
  4. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. 
  5. Remove the bread from the pan and place it on a cooling rack. 
  6. Let the bread cool a bit before slicing.