Since the end of Lent is upon us, we can start to refill our pantries with all of the rich foods that we love. So, what better way is there to celebrate than by baking up a storm in the kitchen, with a brew-tastic twist, of course! Follow our short beer bread recipe for a tasty and hoppy treat.
The great thing is that beer and bread actually go incredibly well together. That’s because they’re so similar; they’re both made from water and cereals. The way that yeast causes bread to rise is also how beer becomes alcoholic. This means that you don’t need to add any dried yeast to your mix, since it’s already in the brew!
The best part, though, is that this recipe is so simple! It really could not be easier, as it contains just three basic ingredients. And don’t worry, the alcohol will cook off when it’s baked.
What You’ll Need
- 1 x 330ml bottle of craft beer
- 375g strong white bread flour
- ½ tablespoon sea salt
- A bread tin
- Butter of your choice
Once you’ve got this recipe down, you could easily play around with what goes into your bread to create some fun flavours. If you prefer wholemeal to white loaves, then just swap out the flour, or, add in some mixed grains and seeds. The possibilities are endless!
Which Beer Should I Choose?
There are a few different options you can go for depending on the flavour you’d like your bread to have. You may not want to use an overly hoppy beverage since it can create a bitter taste after baking. So, that rules out certain cans, such as some IPAs and pilsners.
A darker ale such as Black Sheep Ale would suit nicely, as the roast toffee and fruity, orange malts will create a delicate, sweet flavour. Alternatively, for a lighter taste, choose a lager, like the American Amber Lager from Brooklyn Brewery. This drink boasts notes of toasted caramel and fresh grapefruit.
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt. Then, slowly pour in the beer and mix together until there are no lumps
- Knead the mixture until it forms a smooth dough consistency (around 10 minutes)
- Cover with cling film and leave to rise for a couple of hours or until it has doubled in size
- Preheat a fan oven to 200°c, pop your dough into the bread tin, drizzle some melted butter on top and bake for 30 minutes (or until the underside sounds hollow)
- Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing, and enjoy!
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