Maple parmesan beer bread

beer bread

Wednesday night, I’m driving home from dinner with Brandy (who forced me to try her beef tongue appetizer and then 2 seconds later after I had choked it down proclaimed “I can see the taste buds!” as she cut it into pieces on her plate. Barf.) and thinking about how I really want to make this beer bread the next day. I run through the ingredients in my head and I have everything except…the beer. I’m tempted to just drive home and run out to the store the following day because it’s late and I’m tired but I tell myself “no, you’ll regret that later” (do internal dialogues with yourself get quotations in writing? Whatever.) So I pull into a gas station mini-mart.

It’s 11:04pm, I’ve been up since 5:30am, my eyeliner is smudged, my hair is starting to grease to my head, my clothes are a wrinkled mess and I walk straight to the beer cooler.

And then I actually wondered why the cashier stared at me like I had 5 heads when I went to pay and didn’t automatically hand over my ID. Oh, you want ID? I can’t imagine why when I look like I just got run over by a truck and am purchasing one sole 40oz. bottle of beer at 11 o’clock at night.

I drove home for the next 10 minutes practicing what I’d say to a cop if I got pulled over and asked what was in that brown paper bag on the passenger seat. “Oh, this officer? That’s just a 40oz. bottle of Sam Adams. It’s for a recipe. I’m making beer bread tomorrow!” Totally believable.

beer bread

Luckily, no traffic stops ensued. Mr. Adams and I made it home safely.

beer bread

Beer bread is just awesome in so many ways.

1. Beer.

2. No yeast and rising required.

3. Your kitchen smells like a combo of a bakery + brewery while it’s baking.

beer bread

This one is part sweet (but just barely), part salty (but just barely) and oh, so good with some softened butter and honey or even dipped into a nice big pot of chili. Your call. Just make sure you have your bottle of beer before 11pm the night before.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Maple parmesan beer bread
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A no yeast, no rise beer bread with maple syrup and parmesan cheese.
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 12oz. dark beer
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Combine flours, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add maple syrup and beer and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in ½ cup of the parmesan cheese.
  5. Scoop batter into loaf pan.
  6. Top the batter with the remaining ¼ cup of parmesan and drizzle the melted butter over top.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes until starting to brown on top and fully cooked.
  8. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing.
  9. Best served warm with some butter + honey or maple syrup.
You could use all whole wheat pastry flour in place of the spelt. Or substitute regular all purpose flour. Adapted from Cookie Monster Cooking


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  1. 1

    This sounds beyond yum to me. Thank you for braving the beer case, smeared eyeliner and all to make it happen. And thanks for throwing us still-eating-wheat-folks a little recipe love. While I love all your paleo-ish creations and can’t wait to try them, it’s nice to have a non-paleo bread too :)

  2. 2

    The only time I buy beer is when I make beer bread and this sounds worthy of a fine ale. Granted I wouldn’t know a fine ale if it slapped me in the face but still.

  3. 3

    lol, love your story! Glad you made it home safely with Mr. Adams. The beer bread looks amazing! I need to pick up some Sam Adams this weekend and make some beer bread! I tried beer bread last year with bud light and that was horrible, but that was I had in the house! And you know when you want to make something and make it now, who feels like going to the store?

  4. 4


    This looks epic.

  5. 5

    if i remembered that i forgot (wtf) beer at 11pm i wouldn’t even know what to do, short of driving to Rhode Island :) dang it CT

  6. 6

    I can’t watch video footage of a live cow and then eat beef tongue – something about watching their tongues move when they moo just make me a tad queasy. On another note, this is an absolutely delicious sounding/looking bread recipe you’ve shared

  7. 7

    I love beer bread, but I haven’t made it in ages! I love your idea to add a little parmesan cheese and maple syrup to the recipe. Mmm! This would be a great side for some chili or soup on a cold evening…

  8. 8

    I love the idea of using maple syrup and parmesan … and now I’m going to have to make another loaf this weekend. This stuff is so addicting haha : )

  9. 9

    I am imagining the smell of this bread wafting through my kitchen. This is a must make, for sure!

  10. 10

    wow this recipe looks super interesting but i’m sure the flavors work!

  11. 11

    I like the combination of maple syrup and beer. Never thought of that, but I’m intrigued enough to give this a try!

  12. 12

    This looks great! I’m always intrigued to try and make bread but have worked with yeast before and really stuffed it up. Loving the fact that this bread is yeast free and love the look of the texture.

  13. 13

    haha. I was cracking up reading this. But with all seriousness this bread looks GREAT

  14. 14

    I don’t drink beer but I love baking with it. The smells are awesome and they make all baked goods super moist and delicious.

  15. 15

    Looks delish!! And I’m pretending I’m at your house while it’s cooking enjoying those bakery/brewery smells :) I love using beer in my pizza crust, so it’s hard to believe I’ve never made actual beer BREAD with it!! Hopefully soon…

  16. 16

    This is amazing :)

  17. 17

    Hahaha you loved that beef tongue! :) The bread looks great and I might just have to come over and steal a slice! P.S. I saw you that night, you looked totally cute and put together!

  18. 18

    This looks divine. I love that it’s whole-wheat but still has a touch of beer, Parmesan and maple syrup. I bet this tastes out of this world– just pinned :)

  19. 19

    I think that this is just pure genius…

  20. 20

    This sounds fantastic! And thanks for braving the store with greasy hair and smudged eyeliner. Quite the sacrifice!

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