Favourite Beer Bread

    Favourite Beer Bread


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    This beer bread gives you another way to enjoy your favourite beer! It's pretty easy, just add yeast, flour, water, beer, let it rise then bake. No kneading!

    Serves: 15 

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 4 1/2 cups (560g) plain flour, divided
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water (38 degrees C)
    • 350ml beer
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour for dusting

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:2hours30min rising  ›  Ready in:3hours15min 

    1. Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup flour and warm water in a large bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. Stir beer, remaining flour and salt into the bowl. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and forms a thin sticky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
    2. Scrape all the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatula then place on a well-floured surface. Generously flour the top of the dough and form into a loaf shape. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Transfer loaf to the baking sheet and sprinkle the top with flour. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Place a small pan of warm water on a lower rack to humidify the oven.
    4. Slash a long slit in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Place the baking tray on the rack above the pan of warm water in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cook completely before slicing and serving.

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