Gift Recipes: Beer Bread Mix in a Jar

 beer bread

Flickr Photo Credit: Ninja Poodles

Looking for a jar gift that isn’t quite as sugary as the regular variety? Try this out.  

Here’s what you need: 1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour, 2/3 cup yellow corn meal, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 4  tsp dried minced onion.

Layer in a wide mouth, quart sized canning jar as follows: brown sugar (first layer), corn meal (second layer), mixture of Parmesan, red pepper and onion (third layer), flour combined with baking powder, baking soda and salt (last layer).

To make the beer bread, place contents of jar in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir in 12 ounces of beer until just combined. Pour into a greased 8 x 4 x 2 inch loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or completely cooled.

This bread tastes great, even with a really cheap brand of beer used to mix it up. It’s also a great hostess gift to bring to a dinner event, or a switch from the usual holiday sugary gift drop offs. This recipe looks great layered in the jar. I print out small squares with the directions and tape them to the sides. Numerous people thanked me on the Christmas I delivered these instead of the typical sweet treat. 

I got this recipe from . They also have a great recipe for Creole seasoning mix in a jar you can get from clicking this link. It’s a smaller recipe, so you’ll probably want to use one of those tiny canning jars. They have other interesting recipes, too.

Related Reading: Cornbread Mix in a Jar and Creative Ways to Use Canning Jars.


  1. I’m going to give this a try for the relatives in a couple weeks. I will ship them ahead of me, in the plastic version of a wide mouth jar to be on the safe side. I bet they will love it!


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