Easy Beer Bread Recipe with Walnuts

Easy Beer bread recipe with chopped walnuts and mint. Super-delicious recipe for the perfect beer bread. It can be prepared in the oven or bread machine. It has aromatic sweet flavor and soft, spongy texture.

Easy Dark beer bread with walnuts and mint Recipe image

Soft, spongy, delicious all these words are well suited to describe this unique beer bread recipe. The texture is rich, the aroma slightly reminds you of beer (but my kids liked it) – it’s perfect for toasts, breakfast and on the side with a main meal (like this super easy braised beef on stove recipe).

BEER BREAD – Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Dark beer – from a can or bottle, if you have light beer, that works too.
  • Fresh yeast – personally I prefer fresh vs. dry yeast as the bread becomes even more fluffy and soft. However, if you cannot source fresh, use dry – the result will be really good.
  • Brown sugar – used to activate the yeast, you can substitute with honey
  • White all purpose flour – you can use, type 00 too, please use unbleached if possible
  • Whole wheat (or rye) flour – gives it that extra kick
  • Chopped walnuts – go perfectly well with the slight beer aroma. Use hazelnuts or almonds if you do not have walnuts.
  • Dried mint, optional – adding mint is totally optional, however in my view it pairs perfectly with the walnuts. You can use any other seasoning of choice – like rosemary or thyme.
  • Salt, optional – if you’d like you can add a pinch of salt

How to make beer bread – Step – by -step

In a large mixing bowl add beer, yeast and sugar (honey). Let yeast dissolve and start bubbling. that means it’s activated. Then add remaining ingredients and knead a soft dough. Let rise for 20 minutes in warm place (until it doubles size). Then transfer to loaf pan and let rise again. Bake in preheated oven on 180C/360F until slightly golden. Check with toothpick if bread is done.

How to make beer bread – Video


Easy Dark beer bread with walnuts and mint Recipe image
Easy Dark beer bread with walnuts and mint Recipe image

Easy Beer Bread Recipe with Walnuts

Easy beer bread recipe with chopped walnuts and dried mint. This dark beer bread requires only a handful of ingredients and it can be prepared in bread machine as well.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine European


  • 330 ml dark beer
  • 15 g fresh yeast (or 10 g dry yeast)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (or honey)
  • 500 g white all purpose flour
  • 250 g whole wheat (or rye) flour
  • 50 g chopped walnuts (or hazelnuts)
  • 1 tsp. dried mint optional
  • 1 tsp. salt optional


  • In a large mixing bowl add dark beer, sugar (honey) and yeast. Mix well and let yeast activate (gets bubbly). Usually around 5 minutes in room temperature.
  • Then add white flour, whole wheat flour, chopped walnuts, mint and salt. Mix by hand or in bread machine/robot to get a soft, non-stick dough. Cover with a cloth and let dough rise. Then transfer to standard loaf pan (9×5), covered with baking paper and let rise again*.
  • Bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) for about 40 minutes (or as needed – check with toothpick). Alternatively bake in bread machine according to universal program.


*  The bread can rise only once if you are short on time. Simply transfer to loaf pan directly and let rise there. Then bake. 
* Depending on the brand of flour you use and where you are in the world ingredient quantities may require slight adjustments. 
Keyword beer, bread
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