Let’s get creative with the bread making and chuck in some booze. Works with almost every other recipe I do. So here is my Super Easy Guinness Bread, cheers m’dears!
Any type of beer bread
I’ll be honest here, this could’ve been any beer bread but I just happened (like you do) to have a can of Guinness handy. Would be rude not to use it, never knowingly rude and all that…..
Easy bread making
If you shy away from bread making dreading the idea of all that kneading and waiting for stuff to rise and fear that it all be a flop and be a total waste of time, fear not.
This is one time when a good bit of handling will be worth the wait and things will rise to the occasion beautifully resulting in satisfaction all round!
Ingredients for Guinness bread
This contains very few ingredients, what joy! The store cupboard can heave a sigh of relief that you are not raiding it of everything.
Do you have to use bread flour?
As far as flour goes you can use strong flour (that’s bread flour) or just plain flour. Use what you have, you’ll get a good loaf out of this and the house will smell bloody amazing while it is baking.
List of ingredients
- 440ml can of Guinness made up to 600ml with hot water
- 600g strong bread flour (or just plain flour)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 7g dried active yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- olive oil (or any oil who cares) to oil the bowl and your hands
How to make Guinness bread
- Pour the Guinness into a jug and make up to 600ml with hot water from the kettle. This warms it up which activates the yeast but doesn’t make it too hot which would kill the damn stuff
- Put the flour, salt and sugar and yeast in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
- Make a dip in the centre and pour in the liquid and start bringing everything together using a wooden spoon
- Once you have got it all together in a dough tip out on to a well floured work surface, put some oil on your hands and knead
- Kneading is just thumping it, turning it, folding it over and thumping again. Think of someone you don’t like and keep doing this for 10 minutes. So easy when you have someone to focus on!
- If the dough is sticking to your hands add more flour
- Wipe round the inside of the bowl with oil and plop the well kneaded dough in there and cover with a clean tea towel. Put this somewhere warm for an hour to rise.
- Preheat the oven to 180C and have a baking tray ready in there
- Tip the dough out of the bowl (it will have risen to twice the size, what fun!) and on to that floured work surface again. This time just bash it down once to let the air out and shape into a loaf. Oval, oblong, round, square, oh the fun of it all!
- Put it on the hot baking tray, sprinkle with some of the flour and cut a few slits in the tip then bake for an hour
- To test if it is done hold in one hand and tap on the bottom. It should sound hollow.
- Let it cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes
Devour at will…
This bread smells amazing. I can see why they say you should bake bread when you are trying to sell a house. Only trouble is, you’d never get rid of the viewers in time to whip this wondrous creation out of the oven.
How long does this keep?
Mine lasted 3 days well wrapped in foil in the bread bin. Do not store bread in the fridge as it dries it out.
Can you freeze this bread?
Yes, either at the uncooked dough stage if you only want to make a small load and freeze half.
Or once baked wrap in foil then into a plastic sealed bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
So there it is, bread making, it’s as easy as pie. Or in this case Super Easy Guinness Bread.
Looking for more easy homemade bread recipes to try? Then check these out before you go;
Easy Guinness Bread
- 440 ml can of Guinness
- 160 ml hot water from kettle
- 600 g strong or plain flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 7 g dried active yeast
- oil to grease hands and bowl
- Preheat oven to 180C and heat baking sheet in there
- Pour Guinness into jug and add water and keep warm
- Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in large bowl and make a dip in centre
- Pour liquid into bowl and bring it all together with wooden spoon to form a dough
- Tip on to floured surface, oil your hands and start to knead by folding, turning and thumping for 10 minutes
- Oil bowl and put the dough in there and cover with a clean tea towl and set aside somewhere warm to rise for 1 hour
- Tip out back on to floured surface and punch out air then shape into loaf and score the top a couple of times with a knife and dust with flour
- Put on the hot baking tray and bake for 1 hour, test by holding in one hand and tapping base, it should sound hollow
- Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes