Lazy Sunday

Mr. Tialys likes making bread but he’s either busy working or sorting out the garden at the moment.

I like eating bread but I find making it a faff.

Mr. Tialys also likes beer and when I found out I could make bread with these three ingredients plus a bit of melted butter

and without having to do any of this


Kneading Bread

Photo by Nadya Spetnitskaya on Unsplash

I was uncharacteristically spurred into domestic action  – although not much action as all you do is mix the flour with a bit of sugar and the beer, pour it into a loaf tin and put it in the oven for 50 minutes.

I’m sure most of you are already on to this but it was a revelation to me and, although I will still welcome some well kneaded and twice proved bread – made by somebody else – this will definitely be my go to recipe for when I need some easy peasy bread to go with a stew or a bowl of soup.

Have you ever made beer bread and, if so, what did you think? If not, do you fancy giving it a try?  Or are you of the ‘finding kneading dough therapeutic’ persuasion?

I hope you’re having a lazy Sunday too.


Recipe (courtesy of Jamie Oliver)

375g self raising flour

330g bottle of beer – we use English beer of course, the maltier the better (or a hoppy one if you prefer)

3 teaspoons of sugar

Mix all ingredients together with a spoon and pour the batter in a greased loaf tin

Pour a little melted butter over the top

 Put in oven 180°C/360°F for 50 minutes until golden brown


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on February 7, 2021 - 10:25

    Oh my goodness, that sounds and looks delicious. As to lazy Sundays- not dressed at 9.25am, just reading blogs!

    • #2 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:15

      The perfect Sunday morning 😊

  2. #3 by M. L. Kappa on February 7, 2021 - 10:43

    I’ve never made beer bread, but soda bread is also very easy and delicious. Also on Pinterest or elsewhere you can find recipes for no knead bread made in a Dutch oven. You mix it up at night, leave overnight and pop in the oven for 35’ in the morning. Both well worth trying

    • #4 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:24

      I’ve tried soda bread before but not the overnight recipe – neither will have the malty taste of proper beer though will it 🍺 – though obviously that wouldn’t be too everyone’s taste.

  3. #5 by Loraine Everard on February 7, 2021 - 10:43

    Thank you for that, will give it a go. I have been making soda bread, which is also no knead and easy to make, with no proving. Glad you are enjoying life back in England, even if it is cold and wet! Roll on SPRING. XX

    • #6 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:33

      It does give it a nice malty taste – depending on which beer you use. I haven’t tried a more hoppy flavoured beer yet as I’m not sure I’d like that as much and, yes, roll on Spring!

  4. #7 by Wild Daffodil on February 7, 2021 - 10:46

    Looks good, but I parted from baking about 25 years ago – FreeeeeeeeeDOM!!!!!!!!

    • #8 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:34

      But this is soooo easy and trouble free. I leave most of the difficult and faffy to others these days – at least the kitchen related difficult and faffy stuff.

  5. #9 by claire93 on February 7, 2021 - 13:32

    I’ve never made bread, and since I was diagnosed with gluten allergy some years ago, I’m unlikely ever to try ^^ The husband does love his bread though – thank goodness we have a baker’s in the village!

    • #10 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 13:41

      Well of course he does, he’s French . It never ceased to amaze me, when still in France, the twice (sometimes thrice) daily pilgrimage to the bakery for the obligatory baguette 🥖 . Through rain, wind and snow my French neighbours would crank up their cars and go down the treacherous hill for their daily bread.

  6. #11 by kathyreeves on February 7, 2021 - 14:03

    I do enjoy kneading, but usually allow the bread machine to do it for me, and then make the loaf myself.😉 I did try a no knead bread in December, and it worked remarkably well. It was one of those 24-48 hour jobs in a Dutch oven, which was great with soup. Yours looks yummy!

    • #12 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 14:14

      I don’t usually think that far ahead 😏

      • #13 by kathyreeves on February 7, 2021 - 14:25

        Me either, that’s probably why my sourdough doesn’t work very well!

      • #14 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:20


  7. #15 by craftycreeky on February 7, 2021 - 14:56

    Ooh that sounds nice and easy, though no doubt my OH will chunter about a bottle of beer going in bread 🙂

    • #16 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:20

      I make sure an extra bottle goes on the shopping list now and, once the home brewing equipment gets set up again, we’ll have plenty to spare.

  8. #17 by Laurie Graves on February 7, 2021 - 15:57

    I have made many, many loaves of yeasted bread but never a beer bread. Looks delicious and a perfect accompaniment with soup. Can it be toasted? If so, then you really have a winner.

    • #18 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:19

      Yes! Lovely toast. I had a slice for breakfast this morning but just put butter on it as I wasn’t sure about putting something sweet like jam on. Then we had cheese on toast for lunch which was very good.

  9. #19 by Lynda on February 7, 2021 - 16:48

    I must say your loaf looks really good! Until very recently all of my bread was made via mix and dump recipes, No dough hook reqired, no WWFlour and no beer, but the idea was similar in effect. Gluten free (GF) flours, sticky stuff to make it cohesive because – no gluten. I have as of Christmas been gifted the opportunity to purchase and use a really good GF bread book plus all the accessories needed for kneading, proving, and baking thanks to a very generous Amazon gift card from my Sister-in-law. ❤ It's sourdough based and takes an age to get it going but the results are tricking my brain into believing that these loaves taste, and feel like the real deal. Isn't it fun to try a new method when baking bread?
    (Am I never not verbose when replying to one of your posts?) 😉

    • #20 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:17

      I love verbose replies.
      I suppose one advantage of so many people being gluten intolerant now is that great recipes get written and shared. We tried a sourdough starter a couple of years ago but let it die somehow – it’s just one more mouth to feed 😉

      • #21 by Lynda on February 12, 2021 - 16:59

        “… it’s just one more mouth to feed”
        HA-ha-ha, truer words were never spoken! I’m feeding for two at the moment; a rice and a millet.

  10. #22 by CurlsnSkirls on February 7, 2021 - 19:59

    Lovely that you’ve found a bread recipe you like & isn’t too much bother! I’ve used a machine for several years and quite like it. Never had a taste for beer, but there’s a recipe for chocolate bread I’ve been meaning to try… 🤣

    • #23 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 10:20

      I don’t actually drink beer – I don’t mind the taste but it fills me up too much – but husband loves craft beers. The bread doesn’t really taste of beer you just get the maltiness of it, depending on the beer you use. Chocolate bread?? That sounds wicked!

      • #24 by CurlsnSkirls on February 8, 2021 - 17:50

        If I ever get to make it, will let you know, and include the recipe!

      • #25 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 12:11

        Yes please.

      • #26 by CurlsnSkirls on February 9, 2021 - 15:26


  11. #27 by Emmely on February 7, 2021 - 20:13

    I tried baking a beer bread once, it was sort of a kit and to be honest I hated it. But I also really dislike beer so perhaps that was not too unexpected.

    • #28 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 10:21

      I don’t drink beer either, although I can appreciate the taste of a lot of the craft beers. Maybe it’s not the bread for you though.

      • #29 by Emmely on February 8, 2021 - 17:07

        No, I’ll definitely stick to yeast for now. I totally get the appeal of the speed of the beer bread though.

  12. #30 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on February 7, 2021 - 21:36

    Ohhhh … this is brilliant! I always have beer in the fridge as the hubby is partial to it on a hot day. Will definitely give it a go. I do sourdough which is an overnight mix but this is just super easy.
    Thank you for sharing 🤩

    • #31 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 10:28

      I like the idea of sourdough and we did nurture a culture once but it died on us and, as I’ve said in answer to one of the other comments, with four cats and two dogs, it seems like it’s just one more mouth to feed.
      If you do give it a try I hope you like it. I’m not sure what sort of beer you have in Australia -it’s not all Fosters lager is it? 🤣 If you can, a ‘proper’ beer with lots of maltiness gives a nice flavour.

      • #32 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on February 8, 2021 - 10:37

        We do have Guinness here as well so will try with that. 🤩

      • #33 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 10:49

        Ooh, let me know how that goes.

      • #34 by katechiconi on February 8, 2021 - 13:31

        To jump in on Vera’s comment, Australia is jam-packed with boutique breweries producing extremely tasty stuff from stout to the palest of lagers. There will not be a problem…

      • #35 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 14:11

        No offence intended, it was a tongue in cheek comment although I genuinely didn’t know as beer is Mr. T’s sphere of interest. I like some of the craft beers but, after a couple of sips I feel full up – I’d be hard pushed to drink half a pint and a pint would floor me. I got horribly drunk on Fosters one night long, long ago which is odd as I usually can’t drink much fizzy stuff.

      • #36 by katechiconi on February 8, 2021 - 21:27

        No offence taken, but there’s a common perception that Australian beer is all XXXX or Foster’s and it couldn’t be further from the truth.

      • #37 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 12:15

        I blame Paul Hogan (aka Crocodile Dundee) 🤣

  13. #38 by katechiconi on February 8, 2021 - 13:37

    I might give this a crack with some James Squires Jack of Spades Porter, which should certainly give it a nice rich malty wallop. Thanks for passing on the recipe. Like Vera I’m a sourdough girl, but sometimes the whole ‘feed it up for 3 days before you bake’ thing is a bit of a palaver. I’m glad to hear it’s a good toaster; that’s one of the virtues of sourdough I find a bit lacking in yeasted bread.

    • #39 by tialys on February 8, 2021 - 14:16

      I’m all for less palaver in cooking unless I’m in experimental culinary mood. Yes, the toast is good – Glyn has it with marmite (he loves it, I hate it) – I just slather it with butter for breakfast or cheese for lunch. The James Squires ale sounds good, haven’t tried a porter yet – let me know how it goes.

      • #40 by katechiconi on February 8, 2021 - 21:30

        I’m with you on the Marmite in the UK, the Vegemite here, the Promite and all the other Mites. It’s shocking stuff. Get this: the Husband likes it on toast *with apricot jam*. I ask you. Australians…. He says it’s nicely balanced, savoury and sweet.

      • #41 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 12:03

        Do you remember the old adverts for Marmite? ‘You either love it or hate it’. It’s true, I don’t think there’s any middle ground. Husband and one daughter love it whilst me and younger daughter hate it. I have heard – though yet to try it – that peanut butter with lemon curd on toast is good and, as I love both, I can well believe it but need to make some more lemon curd as I’ve run out.

      • #42 by katechiconi on February 9, 2021 - 12:57

        I can’t even smell the stuff without feeling the urge to heave a little. Peanut butter, now, that’s another story, but as I have a very dry mouth I need something with it, which tends to be banana, which works well.

  14. #43 by Beads and Barnacles on February 8, 2021 - 20:21

    Oh have never made bread like this. I always used to fail at “normal” bread as the house was far too cold for it to rise sucessfully!
    But now I make sourdough bread, after my parents turned up one day and unceremoniously dumped a starter on me, and whilst that does require a bit of attention over a longer period it doesn’t require traditional kneading which is great.

    • #44 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 12:10

      I think the beer bread would be good for you if you suddenly decided you would like some, an hour before you want it, as that’s all it takes to mix it and bake it.

  15. #45 by Carol on February 9, 2021 - 09:50

    Will certainly give this a try, will help to use up “stuff”. We have a couple of bottles of Beer that have been here for ages, so sounds like an ideal way to use them. Many thanks.

    • #46 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 11:59

      The perfect way to use up ‘stuff’. I hope you like it.

  16. #47 by Lynn on February 9, 2021 - 10:43

    Looks lovely but where do I get the self raising flour in France!!!!! Xxx

    • #48 by tialys on February 9, 2021 - 11:56

      You’ll have to use flour for gateaux but check it contains levure chimique (baking powder), not all of them do. Otherwise, add baking powder to plain flour – I think it’s 2tsps for every 200g of plain flour – make sure to mix it well in. xxx

  17. #49 by Born To Organize on February 12, 2021 - 08:44

    That looks delicious. I’ve never tried it, but I could see giving it a whirl.

    • #50 by tialys on February 12, 2021 - 09:43

      So easy – it just has to be done!

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