Sunday, April 3, 2011

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

I haven't been cooking because of a renovation project of the third floor of my house. After three weeks of work, the contractors have put in new drywall, added a storage closet, added electrical, did HVAC work, enclosed ductwork, added a space for a bar area, and added trim.Now it's our turn. This weekend we need to clean, prime, and paint all the surfaces. Not only is it a huge pain, but it leaves little time for cooking.

We started spackling on Friday night, and I forgot to mix up the dough for the whole-wheat no-knead bread I make every week. On Saturday morning, I was breadless--my equivalent to not having air or water.

So I made Vegan Whole Wheat Beer Bread from the Happy Herbivore website. I had no idea how it would turn out. I don't even like beer.

It was the quickest, easiest bread imaginable. You combine whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder with 12 ounces of beer (I used oatmeal stout). It's done in an hour.

It was awesome!!! The outside was crispy and inside was chewy with a great texture. It tasted delicious--not at all like beer and with just a hint of sweetness. I also loved that it used no oil and slid right out of the pan.

I ate it with some low-fat spicy hummus I made for snacks during the day, and it was just perfect. I'll definitely make this bread again.


  1. I love beer breads - they are incredibly easy and have a lot of nice variables depending on your beer.
    Maybe you'll start stocking some in your new bar! That sounds awesome!

  2. Isn't renovating so much fun. :o) We actually have some of that coming up soon ourselves. How cool to have a bar!
    I love beer's so easy.