Monday, October 31, 2016

Sticky Toffee Beer Bread

A few weeks ago, my husband brought home a pack of interesting sounding beer - Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.  We enjoy sampling interesting beers, and this one sounded promising.

Unfortunately, it lived up to its name and turned out to be cloyingly sweet, so that neither of us were able to finish our glass - I'm sure many people would find it delicious, but it wasn't to our taste.  So what to do with the leftover bottles?

Beer bread, of course!  This is just about the easiest way to get a tasty loaf of bread, perfect for snacking.

The type of beer you use subtly alters the taste, so that it can be herbal and citrusy or rich and nutty. Unsurprisingly, the Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale made a really delightful nutty bread with just a hint of sweetness - what made it undrinkable as a beer made it delicious as a bread ingredient, just perfect as a carrier for pumpkin butter or apple butter.

Here's the basic recipe for Beer Bread - use whatever kind of beer you like!

Beer Bread
(makes one loaf)

Preheat  to 375F.

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of sugar (or honey)
1 bottle of beer
1/2 cup melted butter

Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl (I just shake it through a large fine mesh strainer).  Add sugar or honey and beer, and mix to combine (don't overbeat, just make sure the flour and liquid are blended).

Turn the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Pour melted butter over the top.

Bake 50 minutes to an hour, or under crust is golden brown and loaf feels 'hollow' when tapped.

Let cool several minutes in loaf pan before removing.

Enjoy warm or cold with butter and honey, fruit butter, or peanut butter and jam!


  1. First off, I am totally in love with your blog name! It's adorable :D
    You know, it has never occurred to me to make bread with beer but now that you've pointed it out, it seems so obvious. I'll be trying this recipe this week and think my craft beer and bread loving Mister is going to be very happy after work on Saturday ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe on the Homesteader Hop x

  2. Okay you had me at beer Lynda ;-) OMW this sounds delicious. Now I just have to figure out which of the craft beers we can use to experiment.

  3. Really great way to use up the beer!
    Love it!

  4. This sounds so good - my dad would love this too! :D #FridayFrivolity

  5. HI Lynda,
    This recipe sounds so tasty and unique. Who ever thought of putting beer in bread. It sure does look good. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted.

  6. That sounds yummy!... and I am not a beer drinker at all.

  7. Beer and bread. Two of things that I like the most combined together! Thanks a lot for being at FF this week!

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  10. Oh Lynda - this looks so amazing - I had to pin it to try later! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  11. Lynda, what a great idea. My family loves beer bread, the best we baked was made with Samuel Adams lager, it had a sweeter, nuttier flavor. But this sounds outstanding! I'm with you, I wouldn't like it as a beverage, too sweet, but perfect for this baked treat!

  12. Your Sticky Toffee Beer Bread looks fantastic! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  13. I love a good beer bread. I tend to use what we have on hand or something cheap. Next time I'll consider the flavor of the beer, because I'm sure it makes a big difference in the taste of the bread.

  14. I am not a beer drinker. But I have had beer bread before and it is yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. I can imagine this would be an extremely sweet beer - but what a delicious way to use it up! Your Sticky Toffee Beer Bread looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us at Hearth and Soul.

  16. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go Wednesday link party! Hope to see you there tomorrow!

  17. Hi Lynda,
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger's Pit Stop last week.

  18. This sound really good, sweet and maybe a little tangy. Can't wait to try it.

  19. I need to pay more attention in the beer aisles! That sounds kinda fun, glad you could join us at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. We hope you enjoyed it!

  20. This looks delicious. I have never had this kind of bread, but I like how it sounds. #FridayFrivolity

  21. I would probably like that beer since I like sweet drinks :-) Although I like bread too and this toffee bread sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday.

  22. I love beer bread but never found a good yeast free recipe. I need to try this!

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