Photo by Libby Howell

Bear bread is served on a wooden board with chili. The bread is an easy, simple dish to prepare.

Howell Holiday Bread

December 12, 2022

Christmas is a day of celebration, comfort, and relatives.
After waking up and opening presents, the day turns into a lazy day spent with family. Though, the thing I look forward to the most is the food that our family calls tradition, beer bread. Though this food is not necessarily a meal, it goes with almost everything, but most importantly, it goes alongside my mom’s chili.
Years ago, when my parents were creating a family, they were thinking of a food that represented everything they valued in family: simplicity and comfort. That is when the tradition of beer bread came alive, and since then, Christmas has consisted of a movie marathon and this bread. Beer bread makes its first appearance of the year around Thanksgiving and sticks around till the new year.
The warm, buttery perfection of this bread is the perfect Christmas meal, but what makes it most appealing is the simple and fast preparation time. It can be finished within an hour, with ingredients found around the house.
The baking process is just as simple as the ingredients. All that is needed to make this ideal Christmas day bread is butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, and beer. Put all of it in a bowl and mix, put it in a pan, drizzle butter on top, and bake for an hour.
This bread is the perfect meal for when the cold winter season comes. It has represented a lot of meaning to my family and has created a tradition I will forever cherish. I hope after trying this recipe, it will become just as special to your family.


  • 3 cups  flour 
  • 3 teaspoons  baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 14 cup  sugar
  • 1(12 ounce) can  beer
  • 12 cup melted butter 


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Put flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and beer into a large mixing bowl 
  • Mix 
  • Pour mixture into a bread pan
  • Pour butter on top
  • Put in oven and bake for an hour
  • Let cool for 15 minutes 

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