Is there anything quite so homey, so comforting, so hunger-inducing as the smell of baking bread? Anything quite so satisfying and exciting as slicing into a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven, slathering your piece with a pat of butter?
No. There’s not. This is not up for debate.
I used to make bread at home each week, opting for the homemade variety over the $2 whole-wheat loaf at the store. But then I realized that this little homemaker adventure took hours upon hours, hours I simply don’t have anymore, with my design and photography business taking up so much more of my time!
But remember, there’s still nothing quite so enjoyable as freshly baked bread in general, so enter.. the whole wheat beer bread.
Start to finish, this bread took me less than an hour, and 40 minutes of that is baking time. The loaf is high enough and not so dense, making it an excellent sandwich bread. You’ll love this whole wheat beer bread because it’s..
I use white whole wheat flour in conjunction with whole wheat pastry flour, to prevent a toothy, overtly “whole wheaty” taste that can be oh so.. unpleasant. I love these two flours and use them frequently, so they’re a great staple to have in the pantry if you’re into whole foods!
Whole Wheat Beer Bread
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- One 12-oz can or bottle of beer - the beer will impart a little flavor on the bread , so get creative!
- 3 tablespoons butter or Earth Balance (vegan butter), melted
- oats , optional
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, and salt. Sift well with whisk, then pour in beer and agave nectar/honey, and stir until a stiff batter is formed. Don’t over-mix!
Spoon dough into prepared loaf pan and smooth top with back of spoon. Sprinkle oats on top of loaf, if desired. Melt butter or Earth Balance and brush across top of dough, dotting over the oats. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Adapted from Left-Hand Brewing Company.