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In celebration of National Beer Day, we are combining two of the nation’s favourite things: baking and – you guessed it – beer.

More specifically, we are going to teach you how to make beer bread.

It’s a super easy recipe that is almost impossible to mess up, and what’s better, most people will have the ingredients in their cupboard already – so it saves you a trip to the supermarket.

Just don’t forget to get an extra pint so that you’ve got something to wash the bread down with.

What you need
There are variations on beer bread, depending on what kind of flavour you’d like, but here are the basics of what you need for our recipe:

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • Three tablespoons of sugar (or caster sugar, both work fine)
  • One small can or bottle of beer of your choice (330ml)

Optional add-ons:

  • Salt
  • Butter (50g)

How to make beer bread
Before we go on, bear in mind that the type of beer you choose will affect the final result. It can be a lager, ale or something else – but go with one that you like to drink, and you’re more likely to get a loaf that appeals to your palate.

However, you’re best off avoiding bitters and sours as the flavours in these beers get concentrated when baked and change the overall taste.

As for the instructions, they are as easy as we promised.

Preheat the oven to 180-190 degrees.

Mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Once these have blended nicely, slowly pour in the beer while you blend the mixture with a wooden spoon. Don’t pour it in all at once, to avoid clumps.

After that, stick your hands in the bowl (don’t forget to wash them first!) and work the dough.

Next is an optional step: add a pinch of salt and 50g of melted butter.

Continue to work the dough – it’ll be sticky, so you might want to lightly flour your hands before you start.

Put into a greased loaf pan.

Bake for 45-60 minutes.

In more beer news, if baking feels like too much hassle, we have put together a list of the best beer and snacks hampers.

From ales to lagers, sours and bitters – it’s everything you need for a sunny day in the park.