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A close up of sliced leftover beer bread on a breadboard. A glass of beer behind. .
Leftover Beef Bread Loaf
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins

This delicious traditional loaf is perfect for a ploughman's lunch. Enjoy it with a pint. 

Course: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: Baking, Bread
Keyword: Bread, Leftover Beef Bread Loaf, Loaf
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 300 g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp quick yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300 ml beer
  • 1 tbs oil
  1. Put the flours in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast to one side of the bowl, and the salt to the other so that they do not come into contact until you mix the dough.

  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the beer and oil. Using your hands, mix everything together until you have a rough, shaggy dough.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead for about 8–10 minutes, until smooth and pliable. When you can stretch it thin enough to see through, place the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover.

  4. Leave the dough in a warm place for 45–60 minutes, until doubled in volume.

  5. Butter an 8" loaf tin.

  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Fold it over twice, and then roll it up. Place it in the loaf tin, seam down. Cover again and return it to the warm place for approximately 45 minutes.

  7. When the loaf has doubled in size again, and is springy to the touch but dimples when gently poked, taking a few seconds to spring back, it's ready to bake. If it springs back too quickly, leave it a little longer.

  8. Place in the middle of a preheated oven to (180°C (Fan) /350°F (Fan) /Gas Mark 6) and bake for about 40-45 minutes. 

  9. Test after 40 minutes. Turn the bread out of the loaf tin, then tap the bottom. If it sounds hollow, it's done. If in doubt, pop it back in the oven for five minutes. You don't need to put it back in the tin for this.

Recipe Notes

Hints & Tips for Making Leftover Beer Bread

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Beef Bread Loaf
Amount Per Serving (1 loaf)
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Potassium 66mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.