This recipe has been adapted from a very old recipe originating in Ireland. Trust the Irish to bring together two of our very favourite things – warm, crusty home-baked bread and beer. Absolute genius in our opinion.
For this recipe we used Matilda Bay Lazy Yak which is a session ale. We thought it was funny ’cause both the bread and the beer are lazy. But, you can use pretty much any beer that you like in this recipe. Just make sure that it’s room temp, not straight from the fridge.
If you are using something fruity like Stone & Wood you can play up the flavours and make a sweet bread by adding honey and more sugar. If you are going to use a dark beer like Tooheys Old you could go with a multi-grain loaf by adding grains and seeds.
Lazy Beer Bread
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar (you need this regardless but if you want a sweet loaf you are obviously going to need more)
1 stubby or tinnie (doesn’t really matter…) of room temperature (this does matter!) beer of your choice – of course the flavour of the beer is going to change the flavour of the bread so use one you like
A splash of olive oil
Preheat oven to 190°C (doesn’t need to be fan forced for this one)
Grease your loaf tin with both butter and olive oil, this is going to help with creating a delicious crust.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Now crack that beer and pour it into the bowl, you want your mixture to have a nice froth on top.
Gently stir to combine but don’t go crazy. This is lazy bread remember, you just need to mix so that it is combined, you don’t want to squash all that air that the beer worked so hard to create.
Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake at 190°C for 40 – 45 minutes depending on your oven.
5 minutes before the end of the bake you want to cover the top in a good glug of olive oil, this is going to make sure your loaf is golden on top.
Remove from tin and allow to cool (at least a little) before slicing, slathering in butter and devouring while still warm.
This bread makes sensational toast and matches very well with another yeasty fave – Vegemite. Or you can use it on an awesome Ploughman’s Platter with some bitey cheddar, pickles and all the beer your heart desires.
And remember, bake responsibly.