Onion Beer Bread

Since we all appear to be baking up a storm (that is when you can find flour), here is a decadent quick bread that involves butter and beer.

Start to finish: 60 minutes (20 active)
Servings: 12

1 stick butter
2 cups thin sliced onion rings (about 1 medium onion)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
360 grams (about 3 cups) unbleached flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
one 12-ounce bottle beer (your choice)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. In a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish place the butter, onion and garlic and set the pan in the oven while it is preheating (keep an eye on the butter; it might brown a little which is fine, but don’t let it get too brown)

In a bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the beer and stir just until it is mixed. The dough will be sticky and heavy.

When the butter is melted, pour the butter, onion rings and garlic into a bowl leaving about 1 tablespoon of butter in the baking dish. Using a pastry brush coat the bottom and the sides of the baking dish evenly with the butter. Spoon the bread dough into the pan and spread it evenly. Divide the onions over the top of the dough and drizzle the melted butter and garlic over the onions. Sprinkle the rosemary evenly over the dough.

Bake the bread in the upper third of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer when inserted comes out clean. Cut the bread into 24 squares and serve right away.



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5 Responses to Onion Beer Bread

  1. Wendell Hatfield says:

    Special thanks for your excellent and timely recipes.

  2. DIANE J. SCOFIELD says:


    This recipe sounds good. Can you use non alcoholic beer? I don’t drink. Also in recipes that call for wine, I don’t drink and don’t have alcoholic beverages in the house, is there a substitute I could use instead of wine?
    thank you, I like your show

    • moulton says:

      The non alcoholic beer should work just fine in the bread Regarding recipes calling for wine, it depends on the recipe. Sometimes you can just substitute stock, or maybe even leave the wine out. If you told me a recipe I might be able to help you better.

  3. Donna Carril says:

    I think it would be better to sauté the onions first and cut them smaller. We used IPA and it was bitter. Not your fault, mine. I would use a different beer if I tried it again, which I probably would not.

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