Beer Basil Bread

What do you do when you have a party and end up with a bunch of beer you don’t like?

If you are me, you start looking up recipes!

The winners were Beer Cheddar Soup, Beer Beef Chili, and this yummy – Beer Basil Bread!

I didn’t realize it was from Real Simple at the time or I would have realized how good it would be and how terrible for my waistline it would be!


  • Olive oil for the baking sheet (I used spicy olive oil)
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan
  • 1 12-ounce bottle beer, preferably ale (i used oatmeal stout)
  • Flour for the work surface
  • 1 cup chopped or torn fresh basilI had a few tablespoons of dried basil


Heat oven to 400° F. Oil a baking sheet.

In the bowl of a standing mixer on low, or in a large bowl using a spoon, combine the flour, yeast, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Add the beer and mix just until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with the basil and knead gently just until incorporated. Shape the dough into a round loaf and transfer to the prepared sheet. Sprinkle additional basil on top, baste with olive oil. Bake until the loaf is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. (I cooked it 41 minutes and my toothpick wouldn’t even poke in!) Turn the loaf onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


This was absolutely delicious! Super easy, no rise time – hello – no rise time!!

This will become a once in a while recipe – simply due to it being 165 calories in a slice, and only get 12 from the loaf!