Maple Walnut Beer Bread
Looking for a quick and easy sandwich style bread? Then look no more! This Maple Walnut Beer Bread is quite tasty!
So my wife and I like beer. We enjoy visiting local breweries whenever we’re on vacation. We often have fun beers stashed away for weekend afternoons. But we didn’t always like beer. In fact, I still remember my first taste of beer. I remember thinking to myself, “How could anyone drink this stuff? It’s terrible.” (I’m sure the fact that it cost ~$6 for a 12-pack didn’t help things…) Well, fast forward a bunch of years, and my taste buds have apparently evolved. When it comes to beer now, we typically go for seasonal beers. Darker porters and stouts in the winter. Lighter ales and such in the summer.
Speaking of beer, have you guys heard about Hackney Brewery? This east London brewery has come up with a way to turn leftover bread into beer. I know what you’re thinking. Leftover bread? What is that? Haha. I kid! (Seriously, though, I love bread. So there’s no such thing as leftover bread in our house.)
But apparently UK households waste up to 24 million slices of bread a year. I’m all about minimizing wasted food, so the fact that these guys are taking extra bread from delis, bakeries and other sandwich shops to create beer is pretty awesome! I’m guessing it’ll take some time before this Toast Ale shows up here in the States, but I’m totally grabbing a bottle if I see it.
For this recipe, I did things a little backwards compared to Hackney Brewery. Instead of using bread in my beer, I used beer in my bread. Yup, beer is a pretty darn good ingredient when it comes to baking bread. Both bread and beer involve yeast, so in this case the beer provides the leavening instead of the yeast. That’s right. You can make a loaf of homemade bread in under an hour. No rising time required. The beer does all of the work for you!
For this Maple Walnut Beer Bread, I added a bit of maple syrup to balance the flavor of the beer. I also tossed in some chopped walnuts to provide a different texture to the bread. In case you’re wondering, though, this bread isn’t sweet. The maple syrup isn’t overly noticeable, but it does a good job of balancing the beer flavor. We toasted up slices and ate ’em alongside salads for lunch, but I’m thinking this Maple Walnut Beer Bread would also be fun for sandwiches.
I used a bottle of Sam Adams Sparkling Ale that was left over from a seasonal mixed pack. The bread has a noticeable beer taste, but it is much less intense than the taste of the beer itself. The texture of the bread is a cross between a buttermilk biscuit and standard bread. The crust is buttery and chewy while the crumb inside is nice and soft. All in all, this is a fun (and easy!) bread to make. And the best part is you can switch out the beers you use to give this bread a different flavor. I’d like to try this bread with a darker winter beer. Or better yet, I bet Abita’s Maple Pecan Ale would be excellent in this bread!
What are your thoughts about Hackney Brewery’s Toast Ale?
What style of beer would you like to try in this bread?
Maple Walnut Beer Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 12 oz. beer recommended: golden or brown ale
- ¾ cup walnuts chopped
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grease and flour standard (9”x5”x3”) bread pan; set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together into a large bowl; stir until well combined.
- Add maple syrup, beer and walnuts; stir until well combined.
- Pour batter into greased pan. Pour melted butter on top of batter.
- Bake at 375°F for 48-50 minutes, or until top of loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.
- Let cool for 15 minutes in pan; transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.
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Bread plus beer? Yes please! Both hubby and I like beer too, although I didn’t always like it. I remember trying beer for the first time and thought it was the grossest thing. Then, I tried a local honey beer and it’s been history ever since. That’s a lot of bread wastage, but good that they are reusing. That’s always a good thing 🙂 I’m loving this bread and I’d love to try real soon. No rising time required and it has maple, beer and walnuts? What kind of magical deliciousness is this? Seriously good. Pinning, of course. Have a great weekend!
Oooo…honey beer? That sounds awesome, Dawn! We love checking out local beers whenever we go on vacation. I bet a honey beer would be an excellent base to this bread…just flip the maple syrup for more honey, and bake away! 🙂 I hope you had an awesome weekend…thank you!
Beer for baking and beer for braising…Two favorites right there. I never was a huge fan of beer when I first tried it either, but in the last 2-3 years my taste buds has definitely evolved into appreciating beers more. I’m just like you as well: Obsessed with darker beers during winter (Belgian Klosterbier is so good!), and lighter IPA’s now that the summer’s here 🙂
Yes! A good dark beer in the winter (we love Klosterbier, too!) and a nice light IPA in the summer. You nailed it right there, Fernando. I kinda want to try baking this bread with one of those deep, dark winter porters. Just to see what happens! Either way, cheers and thanks for the comment!
Hi David! I’ve made beer bread before and I like it best toasted. Your addition of maple syrup and nuts is an interesting twist! This would be good served with cheeses and fruit. Oh, how about making croutons? I’m a beer gal at heart, always have been! There was a small store owned by two little old ladies where we lived in Mi and they sold only two things…beer and candy. We would go on Saturday and pick up an assorted six pack, some were really good and some were very bad! Have a great weekend!
Yes! My favorite way to eat this bread is toasted. It’s so buttery and delicious, and then you end up with those crispy little bits on the edges. (Oh, and the end pieces of the loaves…those are worth fighting for!) I love the beer + candy store idea. Haha! I agree, we’ve stumbled across some really unique delicious beers…and some really unique terrible beers. But that’s what makes it fun, right? You never know what you’ll discover!
Food waste sadly is a big issue here in the UK. I am not a big beer drinker and have therefore not heard of Hackney Brewery yet. My husband probably knows all about it – I will ask him tonight. I hope he won’t get the grand idea of starting his own little beer factory in the shed with our leftovers 😉 Your bread looks fantastic – definitely my preferred way of ‘drinking’ beer.
Hahaha…if your husband decides to turn your shed into a micro-brewery, then I apologize in advance. And I also ask that he send me a sample! 🙂 This beer bread is so darned easy to make, Miriam. It’s buttery and delicious…especially when toasted!
Now I remember you mentioning not wanting to open a bakery – but dude – what about a breadery? Seriously?!?!? I’ll be your PR/Marketing/Advertising person – because dude – this loaf here disperses any doubt that you are not the reigning bread King! I’ve heard of bread in beer but a beer bread with maple and walnuts – Wow! Just mind blowing! And, probably the only way I’d consume beer! Yup, I haven’t meandered from thinking beer tasted gross – but in bread or chili, well, I’d have 3rd and 4ths!
Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!
Haha! So this breadery idea. We could make all sorts of bread, and then just turn any unsold loaves into beer. Talk about a no-waste operation right there! You’re hired! And forget PR…you are the co-president of this little operation, Shashi! We could even use a drone for deliveries…but only locally. Those drones tend to get lost on long flights… 🙂
It’s actually raining this early afternoon on a Saturday here so I’m going through all the blog feeds I’ve neglected this week and catching up. So much to read and do! Anyways, about this one…
One, cool story about the Hackney Brewery. Two, love the maple here. Which leads me to Three, this bread! Great use of beer in it and I’d dig a slice of it toasted right now with some cheddar… oh an some bacon. Because everything is better – well you know.
Hope this finds all three of you doing well. Cheers!
Oh man, now I want to bake another loaf of this bread and turn it into bacon grilled cheese sammiches! This bread is super flavorful…and super buttery (which is part of the reason it’s so flavorful). I love eating it toasted…which is why it would make the most epic grilled cheese sammich bread ever! Thanks, Kevin!
Hi David! Just wanted to wish Laura a happy, happy Mothers Day! Cook her something wonderful! 🙂
We had an awesome Mother’s Day weekend here, Dorothy. Thank you so much for coming back to comment. You are too thoughtful! 🙂
Hmmmm…bread into beer??? I think I’ll stick to your version of beer into bread instead! 🙂 This looks like a perfect loaf. Love that it can be made in just one hour!
Yeah, I’m all about this beer bread, Kathy. It’s buttery and loaded with flavor…and easy to make! But I gotta admit that I’m intrigued about the bread beer. Intrigued enough to have to try it out if I ever stumble across a bottle somewhere. Either way, hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day weekend!
“So my wife and I like beer”
Oh really, now? Haha, just kidding! I’m not familiar with beers (except VB which is feral) but I’m intrigued- I haven’t had beer bread BUT beer battered fish and chips…oh man. YES.
Really! Laura couldn’t drink when she was pregnant. I still had a beer every now and then, though. So beer battered fish is one of my favorites (when fried well), and I’m thinking we should try making beer battered beer bread next. Served with chips of course.
Bread from beer? Omg … never thought abt that. This bread looks soft and tasty. Loaf has come out very well
Beer is a great base for bread thanks to all of the yeast already in it. The bread turns out chewy and delicious, and I love toasting it up lightly. Thanks, Smitha! 🙂
I love quick breads but never thought of adding beer though 😉 This bread looks so soft . The buttery crust on top looks so good.
Beer actually works quite well in quick breads, Ruwani! Give it a shot sometime. 🙂
Hey that is soooo cool, David! I had no idea you could use beer as a leavening agent in bread (maybe everyone knows that and I’ve been living under a rock?!). I don’t like the taste of beer (except if it’s mixed with lemonade – now that’s delicious!) but I know I would love it mixed into bread like this. As for the bread-becomes-beer concept, just wow. Such a great idea. All throughout high school I worked at a bakery and the amount of bread that was wasted there was just phenomenal. And that’s just one bakery…in one city…in one country. I hate to think about the wastage on an international scale. Good on Hackney Brewery, I say! 😀
Eh, I’ve seen pre-mixed packages at the store where you just add a beer and *boom* you’ve got bread. But I just figured I’d rather make it at home…and then add my own flavors in there! I totally agree with you about Hackney Brewery…I hope they start distributing in my area soon. It’s such an awesome idea! P.S. I wonder what would happen if you used beer + lemonade as the base for this bread? Would it have enough yeast? We might need to find out!
Wow, how interesting. I hadn’t heard about someone turning bread into beer, but it’s not surprising, since they are so closely related. I know it doesn’t seem like it from an eating/drinking point of view, but the process of making them has so much in common, they’re like siblings. One of them has a thing for alcohol, and the other one has a thing for very hot fires. Yeah, they’re a handful. Like you, I didn’t start life as a beer fan. I waited until I was old enough to drink. What I mean is, I disliked my first couple of beers. Thing is, I still dislike those beers! Now that we have innumerable options, it’s easy to find really amazing, delicious beers. Anyway, you know I’m a huge fan of baking bread, so I’m very interested in this one. Thanks!
Yeah, I hear ya, Jeff. They seem so very different, but bread and beer are indeed like cousins. Or maybe step-brothers. But friendly step-brothers. Now let’s make them both happy and combine ’em into a bread. A buttery, toasted delicious slice of bread. And then we can wash it down with a beer made from bread, yes?
Yes, that sounds like the perfect ying and yang.
Wells makes a Banana Bread Beer, I think I would go for that in this recipe! Or maybe I would even get adventurous and try Goose Island’s Nut Brown Ale. My husband and I love trying new beer. I think that using it in a bread would be such a great idea. I think he may even get into the baking that way! Thank you so much for sharing!
You know, I’ve seen that Banana Bread Beer in the store, Amanda. I’ve been a little skeptical of it. Have you tried it yet? I bet it would be interesting in this recipe for sure! The only thing is this is more of a bread-bread than a quick bread like banana bread. It’s a buttery, delicious loaf of bread…made that much better by beer! 🙂
So creative, David! Even though I tried and tried in college, I just don’t like beer (ha)… but I don’t mind beer in recipes, especially bread-like things. For instance, beer in pretzels? Thumbs up from me! So I’d totally try this bread… feel free to send me some! 😉
Ooo…beer in pretzels! Now you’re talking, Nicole. I wonder if we could adapt this recipe into a pretzel type of bread.