Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Girls Night Recipe- Lemon Ginger Beer Bread

As a general rule, there is very little sanity in my home the hour leading up to anyone coming over. Whether we are good enough friends to not have to vacuum (bless you) or if you are a who-knows-what-will-break-next repair guy, I get frantic and frenetically clean until I deem it acceptable enough or get discouraged enough at my inability to keep anything clean. It is a brutal cycle, my friends, in which I'm always the loser.

One of the things that I do try to distract people from the unwashed windows is to have enough food and libations to keep you happy. This is where my trusty friend the beer bread comes in. Self admitedly, I am no great baker. The whole exact measuring and being careful about following a recipe thing is just simply not my thing. I love to cook mostly because I can just throw it together and see how it is. With baking you make one mistake and the whole thing is ruined. Beer bread is oh so simple though. No rising. No one million ingredients. Nothing that is beyond my novice baking level. This is my go-to beer bread recipe that I encourage everyone to try. 

Recently a couple girlfriends were stopping by after work and I planned on whipping up a loaf of the above mentioned beer bread, some brie, and vino- voila master hostess. After I got home from work, however, I realized that we were 100% out of beer... that my husband would let me use. With 100% no time left, I decided to go big or go to the store and said see ya later recipe in favor of my own contraption. Luckily- it was delicious and Lemon Ginger Beer Bread was born.

I love how dense and mildly sweet this bread is. It goes great with a spicy jam, brie, or olive oil. If it lasted long enough, I would love to try it for breakfast, but I think this loaf was gone after about 30 minutes.


3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1-2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated (I got this amazing one from Penzey's spices with my MIL a couple weeks ago and it is a game changer)
1 twig rosemary, chopped into small pieces
1 (8 ounce) bottle ginger beer beer (I used Sam Adams)
¼ cup olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your 9x5 loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper, zest, and rosemary.
Carefully pour the beer into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. At this point the dough will be very thick and may not seem like there is enough liquid- there is. 
Transfer the dough into the prepared loaf pan. 
Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the batter and then bake until golden on top, approximately 30ish minutes.
Allow to cool (I always use a cooling rack) for 15 minutes before slicing.
Bread will slice very chunk-ily... you can call it rustic.
Serve with all things delicious and a full glass of vino.



  1. Seems good, will try ;)


    Mónica Sors



  2. This sounds absolutely amazing! I've never tried to make bread at home but I'm going to have to try this one! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. Ahh this sounds so good! I've only ever made banana bread at home, so I can't wait to try this! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I love beer bread SO much and this version sounds delightful!

  5. yum! now i need to find a grain-free alternative/recipe for this :D

  6. this looks delicious! i have never attempted bread, nor have i had beer bread lol.

  7. I want to come to your house for girls' night if this is what you're serving!! I'm the same when it cleaning before guests. I never clean as well and fast as I do when I'm expecting company!!

  8. um, this bread sounds SO good! I am adding it to my list of things to cook soon! thanks for sharing!