Easiest Beer Bread Recipe


It’s that time of year again where everyone becomes their own Mr Kipling, turning their kitchen into a flour filled laboratory of baking goodness. The reason being of course due to the return of the Great British Bake Off to our TV screens, the program that makes us all believe we have a hidden ability to be the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood. When it comes to it  we are all the kind of person who accidently drops a piece of egg shell in the mix and thinks “well, I might not get that bit so it’s fine”, or “my cake hasn’t risen… must be something wrong with the oven!”

Surprisingly, baking is harder than it looks! So many ingredients, temperatures, times, shapes, sizes… how hard can it be to make a loaf of bread?!

Well, we put our Development and training Chef Vince to the challenge of making the simplest bread recipe that anyone could master. With just one catch – it has to involve beer (naturally!)

The result? See for yourself:



375g Self Raising Flour

3 tsp sugar

Butter, melted

1 x 330ml bottle McMullen No1 Ale (or Stronghart if you are feeling adventurous!)


Preheat oven to 180°C

Mix flour, sugar and ale in a bowl until dough like.

Pour into a bread tin.

Top with a drizzle of melted butter

Place in oven for 50 minutes or until golden and crisp.


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