Beer bread

Good beer adds a great flavour to this hearty bread from Paul Hollywood
By Paul Hollywood
Beer bread
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  • Serves: makes 1 loaf
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 2 hrs rising time mins
  • Effort: easy



  • 250 g strong wholemeal flour
  • 250 g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 20 g dried yeast
  • 30 g butter, softened
  • 300 ml beer


1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together until the mixture forms a dough.

2. Knead for 3-4 minutes, until smooth.

3. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a further 5 minutes, and then put the dough back into a bowl and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour.

4. Return the dough to the floured work surface and shape into a ball, then flatten and roll up. Put the dough onto a greased baking sheet and leave to rise for a further hour.

5. Set the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Cut several slashes across the top of the bread and dust with wholemeal flour.

6. Bake for 30 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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