Beer Bread Recipe with Italian Herb Infused Olive Oil Gift Basket

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This past Christmas I got some pretty wonderful gifts … money from my parents, a gorgeous dessert plate and cake stand from my hubby and one gift that surprised me the most. My sister gave me this adorable little food basket filled with herb infused olive oil, a bottle of beer, a bag of dough mix, recipe card and a Rachael Ray loaf pan in this hideous orange color. Turns out 1) the orange looks pretty amazing against wood and the handles are convenient. I’m starting to actually like this color. And 2) despite hating beer, I love beer bread. Go figure!

Inside the pan it looks rather ugly don’t you think … maybe even dry?

rachel ray loaf pan beer bread


Well, inside is a whole other story. The bread is soft, slightly heavy and incredibly sweet. I would never in a million years guess the bread would have tasted so good but it did and I instantly became hooked. With a side plate of herb infused olive oil, you’ve got a nice little snack (or dip for soup as my sister suggested).

beer bread and herb oil dip


Together it turns out to be quite a nice little gift that you might consider for the holidays, birthdays or just as “thinking of you” gift for a foodie friend.

Beer Bread with Herb Infused Olive Oil
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Type: Bread
Serves: 6
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1-12 fl oz bottle of Heineken beer
  • Ziploc Bag
  • bottle of olive oil with dry herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil)
  1. For Gifting: Mix all dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and place in a gift basket with the bottle of beer, oil bottle and recipe card.
  2. To Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Mix drying ingredients with beer until it forms a sticky ball of dough.
  4. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread dough evenly.
  5. Baked 45 - 55 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted in the center and come out clean.
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  1. says

    I am a huge fan of homemade beer bread. I need to add dark brown sugar to mine the next time, yours looks fabulous! I agree, the orange looks great against the dark wood, I love that pan!

    • says

      Is it usually not made with brown sugar? This was the first time I’ve ever had it, I think it was too good to make any other way.

      • says

        I usually add honey to mine but I’ve never added brown sugar, will definitely try next time…I like it a little sweeter.

  2. jen says

    That sounds amazing! It looks a lot more affordable than the beer batter mixes from tastefully simple too!

    • says

      Hmm I think need to check out this “Tastefully Simple” … this is a pretty cheap recipe especially if you already have beer int he fridge but I think my husband might object if I start pouring his into recipes. lol

  3. Eileen says

    Iv’e also only tried the mix from Tastefully Simple…good but expensive for just dry ingredients. I know when we did try it, we did have it with homemade stew. Great for a cold winter day!

    • says

      I’ve always had a strong aversion to yellow and orange … I’m more of a pink, green and purple kinda girl, even red sometimes but I’m really loving the orange more than I thought I would. I need to take a peek at some more Rachael Ray stuff.

    • says

      Let me know what you think. It was a nice change from the usual white or banana bread … but I’m a fan of anything that doesn’t force me to mess with yeast and kneading.

  4. Amber says

    This looks amazing! I love homemade bread, and have always wanted to try a beer loaf. Must try this!

  5. Donna B. says

    What a yummy recipe! I agree on the RR pan – butt ugly. I refuse to buy into the hype. Unless you endorse it – then I’ll be forced to reconsider my hatred of RR and all things she hawks *sigh*

    • says

      You’re so funny … I’m not sure how much it costs but loaf pans are loaf pans, they all seem to work the same for me. The handles are nice though.

  6. says

    This sounds divine. I love a heavy bread and although I don’t drink alcohol, I must borrow (lol) a bottle or two in exchange for a loaf of Beer Bread.

  7. becca says

    do you have to use Heineken? or are there other beers that will work as well?