No-Knead Beer Bread perfect treat for a cold autumn day

Beer is the special ingredient in this no-knead bread recipe.

My daughter Rebecca picked up and delivered an order I had from Fleet Farm today. When she was setting cat food in the kitchen she asked if I had taken up drinking—there was an empty beer can on the counter.

“No, I’m not into beer. I’m making beer bread.” My dough was rising in a bowl in the oven. Keeping it there meant it was out of the way and I could keep it a bit warmer there too so no draft would ruin it.

I love my beer bread. It has a hearty crust which is the best. Here’s how I bake the best bread around.

In the beginning, have your can of beer at room temperature. I buy the cheapest beer I can find. I’ve also used old beer that had been left in the pantry for months to make bread. So there is nothing fancy for this recipe.

My finished loaf of No-knead Beer Bread.

No-Knead Beer Bread

1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour (divided)

½ cup warm water (not hot)

1 can of beer (12 ounces) room temperature

1 ½ teaspoon table salt

Extra flour for baking sheet

Use a large mixing bowl. A four or five-quart bowl works.

Start with ½ cup of warm water (not hot), ½ cup all-purpose flour, and 1 ½ teaspoon of yeast. Mix them together and let that sit for 30 minutes. At that point, there should be bubbles in this mixture.

Next, pour in the can of beer and watch it bubble! Add 4 cups of flour, 1 ½ teaspoons table salt. Mix all together until it forms a sticky glob of dough and pulls away from the sides of the bowl—there is no need to knead this dough.

Once added, the beer will cause the batter to foam and fizz.

Hold the dough up and spray the bowl with oil. Replace dough in the bowl. The oil helps keep the dough from sticking to the bowl. Later you won’t need to scrape so much when removing dough.

Cover bowl. I use a stretchy plastic bowl cover. Set in a warm place—often I warm the oven a little, turn it off, and then set the bowl inside. There it won’t be susceptible to drafts. Let it rise for 2 hours, or until it has doubled.

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