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IMG_8140This must be the world’s easiest and tastiest beer bread recipe. Once you try it, you will want to make it every week. Everything is mixed in one bowl, baked in one tin and so minimal washing up to boot. You can add a tin of sweetcorn if you wish, jalapeno peppers, bacon, cheddar or why not all four for a fancier bread. Be sure to eat it warm with lots of butter.

Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a “hard biscuit”. This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust.

Makes one medium loaf


500g / 17oz self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
440ml / 14oz beer
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/4 cup melted butter (optional)
Sunflower seeds
Maldon salt to sprinkle on top


Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / 360 F
Grease a  loaf tin, dust with flour and set aside
Sift flour and salt together in a mixing bowl
Stir in the beer and thyme
Mix until all the flour has been moistened and the dough forms a cohesive mass
Pour the mixture into the bread tin
Pour the melted butter over the top (optional)
Sprinkle with seeds and Maldon salt
Bake for 45 minutes
Test with a skewer after about 45 minutes when the top is golden brown – if the skewer comes out clean, remove from oven
Serve with plenty of butter

note:  leave to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before you slice or you will not be able to cut a nice slice