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Recipe: 4 wonderful Wisconsin Beer Breads

Try the basic Wisconsin Beer Bread recipe or any of the variations that follow.
Try the basic Wisconsin Beer Bread recipe or any of the variations that follow.
Adapted by this user from Beer Bread by A Ginsburg - Creative Commons Licensing Photo

Beer bread is a Wisconsin favorite, but folks in other locales may enjoy it too. The crunchy crust and soft inside make this home-baked treat a family favorite.

Homemade Wisconsin Beer Bread is a staple at tailgate parties for Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, or Wisconsin Badgers games.

Everyone is legal, when it comes to Wisconsin Beer Bread.

The alcohol bakes out of Wisconsin Beer Bread, so this tasty treat may be suitable for all ages.

Best of all, this Midwestern favorite is amazingly simple to bake. Try the basic Wisconsin Beer Bread recipe or any of the variations that follow.

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First, gather these Wisconsin Beer Bread Ingredients.

  • 3 cups of plain white self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 – 12-ounce can of beer (any variety)

Follow these easy instructions to make Wisconsin Beer Bread.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

Thoroughly grease a rectangular bread loaf pan (9” x 5”) with vegetable oil spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Carefully pour the beer into the mixture, letting it run down the side of the bowl to prevent excessive foaming.

Use a sturdy wooden spoon to stir the Wisconsin Beer Bread mixture until the dough forms a single ball. The dough will be very sticky at this point.

Place the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Shake the pan a bit to settle the Wisconsin Beer Bread dough into it.

Bake Wisconsin Beer Bread for 60 minutes.

3 Wisconsin Beer Bread Variations:

Here are a few popular variations for Wisconsin Beer Bread. Clever cooks may add a few new twists as well.

1. Wisconsin Beer Bread with Cinnamon and Raisins

Add an extra tablespoon of white granulated sugar, along with a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and half a cup of raisins to make Wisconsin Beer Bread with Cinnamon and Raisins. This treat makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch addition, fairly summoning folks to the table with its tempting aroma.

2. Wisconsin Cheddar-Head Beer Bread

Toss half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese with 1/4 cup of flour in a zippered plastic bag. Gently knead the floured cheddar cheese into the Wisconsin Beer Bread dough before baking for a delicious and savory dairy-filled Badger State treat.

3. Wisconsin Meets Ireland Beer Bread

For an Irish flair (or a St. Patrick’s Day treat), substitute a 16 ounces of Guinness stout for the beer in Wisconsin Beer Bread. This home-baked bread might even win a world record – at least at home.

How to Serve Wisconsin Beer Bread:

Wisconsin Beer Bread is best served immediately, straight from the oven, with real butter or margarine. Of course, some folks prefer cream cheese (plain or flavored), jam or honey on homemade Wisconsin Beer Bread.

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