Gluten Free Beer Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Beer Bread Recipe

Gluten free beer bread is is easy and ahhhmazingly delicious! There is something about the aroma of yeast and beer, baking together in a bread machine or in your oven, into a super-soft loaf of gluten free bread. It’ll just make you crave a good sandwich: peanut butter & jelly, egg salad, BLT … it doesn’t matter. Baking this gluten free beer bread will get all kinds of delicious sandwich-making juices flowing!

Use gluten free beer, of course, (consult my tasting notes to find one that suits your taste!) and enjoy this favorite twist on traditional sandwich bread. The effervescence of the beer helps give this bread beautiful lift, and creates a light, airy structure that is truly wonderful. If you’d prefer to skip the beer, you have the option of using club soda or sparkling water or even gingerale in place of the bubbly brew. Whatever liquid you choose will alter the taste of the baked bread, so experiment and find the one that suits you.

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This gluten free beer recipe is so versatile that it can also be baked into dinner rolls or even hamburger buns! Bake in the oven or in a bread machine. Try my easy and reliable (voted #1 gluten free bread mix in the 2016 Gluten Free Awards) gfJules™ Whole Grain Bread Mix in this recipe to get to bread baking nirvana even faster!

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Gluten Free Beer Bread Recipe

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Ingredients

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  • 10 oz. gluten free beer (I like Green’s Quest Tripel Blonde Ale or Coors Peak for this recipe) or sparkling water, club soda or gingerale – room temperature
  • 3 large eggs —  room temperature
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar (optional; omit if using gingerale)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. (one packet) rapid rise or bread machine yeast (Red Star® Quick Rise)
  • milk (dairy or soy, coconut or hemp work well) for brushing on bread
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds or other topping of choice

Instructions

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Prepare a regular loaf pan (at least 9×5) by oiling it well. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, apple cider vinegar and honey.

gluten free beer for breadIn another large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients except yeast (flour, salt, milk powder and sugar). With mixer on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the liquids to combine. Continue beating while slowly pouring in the beer to mix. Once incorporated, add the yeast. Beat until the batter is smooth, then increase mixing speed and beat for 4 minutes. (This is a batter, not a dough)

Pour batter into oiled pan, filling no more than half-way up.

Cover with oiled wax paper and let rise in a warm, moist place for at least 30 minutes (an oven preheated to 200 F, then turned off, with a bowl of water in the oven to add moisture, is a good option). Do not let the bread rise over the side of the pan, or it will rise too much to support itself and may collapse when cooling.

Once the bread has risen, lightly brush with milk to help it brown, then sprinkle any toppings on at this point.

Preheat the oven to 375º F (static) or 350º F (convection). Bake for approximately 35 minutes. The internal temperature of the bread should be approximately 205 – 210º F. The loaf should have risen above the top of the pan, and will be golden brown with a nice crust.

Remove to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently remove from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. Cut when fully cooled. Store in a sealed ziptop bag on the counter – do not refrigerate, or it will dry the bread out.

*If using a bread machine, bring all ingredients to room temperature. Add liquids to the pan first, then the dry ingredients, followed by the yeast, pouring into a small well made in the middle with your finger. Use the gluten-free 2lb loaf setting. For more information on baking in a bread maker, see my article on gluten free breads in bread machines.

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Bake in a bread machine or oven – this bread rises high either way!

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126 thoughts on “Gluten Free Beer Bread Recipe

    • OH Nichol I totally understand what you mean — there’s so much more to bread than just … bread! Having REAL soft and delicious bread again after thinking it will never be possible with gluten free means so much. I’m thrilled that you have this recipe and you’ll now have great bread again, anytime you want it!!!
      ~jules

  1. Oh my goodness- what a delight this bread is. It’s easy to make and oh so delicious! I have had searched and tasted so many breads and always threw away after 1 bite because of its gritty, sandy mushy texture. Thank you gfJules!

    I was diagnosed with celiacs last June 2018 and have tried many flours- but none compare to your flour with texture and awesome flavor.
    Thanks for all your hardwork

    • Oh Maribeth, I’m SO happy to hear it! I’m glad you didn’t give up on gluten free bread altogether before trying mine. It’s SO nice to have great bread again, isn’t it?? Happy baking!
      ~jules

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    • Hi Karla, all GF flour blends are different so it’s hard to say. From what I know of that blend, I believe you’re supposed to add extra liquid to any recipes? To be sure, check their website about converting recipes and follow their recommendations. In the future, you can order my flour or mixes on line and we deliver right to your door, so I hope you find that handy. Let me know how the recipe experimenting goes!
      ~jules

  4. Just tasted my first slice of this bread….excellent! My daughter is on a gluten free diet but has had difficulty finding bread off the shelf that she really liked. I am retired, so I have the free time to be her ‘test kitchen’. I have tried several gf flours – both at the local store and online. So far this bread and your recipe with the gfJules flour is the winner! I used your all-purpose flour, ginger ale and dry yeast – that’s what I had on hand. I used the ginger ale – 2 ozs. as the liquid to dissolve the yeast. Worked great! I am ordering some gf flour for my daughter today. I will try the tortillas next – she misses her favorite ‘Mexican Ring’! Thanks for a great product and for a recipe that works!!! Carolyn

  5. Hello Jules,

    My son has an intolerance to wheat, gluten, dairy, and eggs (among others). I’ve tried another GF bread mix and used flax-eggs as an egg replacer, but it never really turns out very good. Not sure if there is something else I am doing wrong (only attempted homemade bread 3 times). Do you have any recommendations on using an egg replacer in your bread recipes?? I’ve scanned your website, so if you’ve answered this question and I missed it, my apologies!

    I’m ordering some of your bread mix today! The biggest disappointment for my son is not having hamburgers, so my goal is to produce buns (and sandwich bread) that makes this GF lifestyle a happier place for him; and that my picky husband will also approve. Can’t wait to try your recipes!! Also, I’m happy to buy a bread maker, do you think that is best route if you can afford this option? If so, which one is your most favorite-I’m happy to make the investment in one that performs the best and is easy to use!!

    Thank you in advance.

    Christy

    • Hi Christy, the new year is a great time to start fresh with your goal of baking great GF bread for your son — I’m so glad you haven’t given up! I use flax eggs for eggs in all my GF yeast breads (including pizza!) and it works great! I’m excited for you to try the bread mix. There are lots of recipes on my site where you can use the mix: sandwich bread; bread sticks; hamburger buns; dinner rolls; artisan bread … there will be lots to keep you busy! As for bread machines, I think they’re great, but not necessary. If you think you’ll want to make at least a loaf or two every week though, I highly recommend it. Here’s my recent review of two machines I really like – one is less expensive, but really performs well. I think it boils down to weather you and your son like a crust or not. Also check out my article on baking GF bread in a bread machine and my top 18 Tips for baking GF Bread. These should get your started! Feel free to reach out anytime with other questions – I can’t wait to hear all about your baking!
      ~jules

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  7. Hi there I want so much to make this receipe but do not know where to get gf Jules. I have never seen it in Canada, Could I use any other flour? Any suggestions for a flour blend that I can make to make this work?

  8. Have a loaf in the oven rising right now, It’s been a few years since my daughter was taken off gluten by a wise allergist and since then, I have had two siblings dxed with Celiac, I became GF and now as my adult niece and her symptomatic kiddos are all GF. Thanks to you, I have become the gluten free family baker and am in charge of the holiday sweets and breads. You have truly impacted this family. I have 11 siblings and too many nieces and nephews to count, thank you for making life sweeter, literally and figuratively. I once said I would follow you anywhere, but I didn’t know it would be such a delightful trip!

    • Oh Chari, you just made my day!!! Wow – thank you so much for your sweet note. I’m thrilled to have been able to help you and your family in any way. Thanks for letting me know!
      xoxox
      ~jules

  9. Hi Jules,

    I just got a bread machine w/gluten free setting and have tried this recipe twice using ginger ale – the first time the dough was super sticky – almost like a really thick sticky batter instead of dough – and when I took it out it fell. The second time I made it I added extra flour so it was a bit more like dough but it didn’t raise as much and was really heavy.

    I’m wondering what consistency should the dough be for this recipe? I want try this again to see if I can get it right.

    Not sure if it matters but my machine is the Cuisinart 100 and I’m using the gluten free setting

    • Hi Audrey – using gingerale, the dough should be more like batter, not thick like a gluten dough you might expect. Adding more flour would do exactly what happened when you added more flour: make it really heavy. What flour blend are you using in this recipe?
      ~jules

        • Ok, this info is all very helpful. Now that I know we can rule out a problem with the proportions in your flour blend, I’d look to a few things. First, the Cuisinart is unfortunately notorious for not baking a gluten-free loaf all the way through … which would cause the sinking you experienced when you followed the recipe without adding more flour. The way to know is to take the bread’s temperature with an instant read thermometer like this one (linked) – it should be 205-210 before removing it. The other unfortunate thing about the Cuisinart is that it doesn’t allow you to add time to the machine to bake longer, so you have to turn your oven on and preheat it to 350, then take the bread pan out of the machine and put it into the oven to bake for another 5-10 minutes, removing only after the internal temperature has reached 205-210.
          The other thing to think about is measuring ingredients. Read this quick list of bread baking tips and focus on measuring flour and also any other tips that seem like they apply to the way you were making the recipe (like ingredients not at room temperature, etc.). I know it seems like this is a lot of steps, but the bread maker should make your life easier, not harder, so exchanging it for another bread maker might be a good option, if possible, or just learn exactly what it takes to get this machine to bake the bread all the way through. Here’s another article where I review a couple bread makers and compare them; you might find it helpful.
          This short video shows how to bake bread in a bread maker – it really should be THIS simple! Another thing to consider is just to try my bread mix instead of a from-scratch recipe. That would remove a lot of variables and help you narrow down the problem if these other ideas don’t help!
          I hope this gets you started in the right direction, Audrey!
          ~jules

  10. I’m interested in trying this (although do not have your flour and will have to see if it’s worth trying to get it in Canada)… but usually find bread recipes way too sweet and am wondering how much of the sugar/honey can be left out. Of all the liquid choices, I would probably use sparkling water. Thanks

    • Hi Gintyb – the honey or agave is actually helpful here as a humectant to help retain moisture and keep the bread soft. I don’t think you’ll notice a sweetness from it because there’s not much in the recipe. Definitely choose sparkling water, though. Unless you like sweet breads, I would recommend against the gingerale or vanilla yogurt. Let me know how it goes with another flour. Here’s a little more info on how to choose the right flour to use.
      ~jules

    • I used this recipe with a gluten free, all natural ginger ale, no high fructose corn syrup. The flour was one that Williams Sonoma sales. It is an all purpose gluten free flour. My bread maker is a Breville. I used the GF setting and it turned out BEAUTIFUL. my hubby even loves it!!

      I am so so happy and feel so blessed to have found this website! I feel a little more “free” now that I can make awesome GF bread in a bread maker.

      I also read reviews on the Cuisineart 100 that said not good for GF.

      • Hi Jennifer – I’m so happy for you to have great GF Bread back in your life! It is a “freeing” feeling (well put!). I hope you explore all the other kinds of recipes on my site as well – there are nearly 400! I also have books, cookbooks and lots of easy and award-winning GF mixes, too! So glad you found me and you are looking forward to a happy GF future!
        ~jules