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No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread (no yeast)

An easy no knead, black olive and thyme beer bread made in one bowl with no yeast. The main ingredients are plain all purpose flour, black olives and beer or lager. Super simple and super quick.

No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread on a board next to a pot of soup


NO KNEAD BLACK OLIVE BEER BREAD


I used to make no-knead beer bread or rolls quite often, but got out of the habit. 

Now we, like many other people, are shopping less, we're making our own bread. 

Well I say we, but I actually mean my son and I.

My husband, bless him, is starting to make some savoury dishes, following my recipes and doing well, but he's not so good at baked and sweet treats.

I shall not mention the tablet he made this week that ended up a hard crumbled mess that went in the bin. I shall also not lament the loss of all that caster sugar and vegan condensed milk. Nope didn't share any of that online!

My son and I usually make a brown sandwich loaf or a light rye bloomer bread by hand, both of which use yeast, but this time I wanted something quick I could serve with my soup.

It had to be beer bread.

I could have made a plain beer bread, but I wanted something a bot more interesting, so I flavoured it with black olives and thyme. 

It was fabulous!


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread on wooden board

WHAT IS BEER BREAD?


Beer bread is a quick, no-knead bread that's made in one bowl.

Beer bread doesn't need yeast as there's yeast already present in the beer. The yeast in the beer reacts with the sugar to help the bread rise. 

The addition of baking powder just gives it that wee bit extra help with the rise.


CAN YOU USE LAGER TO MAKE BEER BREAD?


It's called beer bread, but it can be made with lager, stout, ale or beer. You can even make it with Guinness.

The stronger the flavour of the beer, lager, ale or stout, the more flavour the bread will have.


CAN I GET DRUNK EATING BEER BREAD?


Now you may be laughing, but I know someone will ask me about the alcohol content.

First up, there is no need to worry. Most of the alcohol will evaporate during the baking process.

To put it into perspective, one beer bread is made with 330ml of beer. If the loaf is shared between 4 people that's just 4 tablespoons each and most of that will evaporate.

Nothing to worry about, just easy tasty bread.


Ingredients for No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread - flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, dried thyme, olives and beer

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BLACK OLIVE BEER BREAD


  1. Plain flour
  2. Baking powder
  3. Sugar
  4. Salt
  5. Dried or fresh thyme (optional)
  6. Pitted black olives
  7. Beer or lager

self-raising flour in mixing bowl

CAN I MAKE A WHOLEMEAL OR BROWN BEER BREAD?


You can definitely make a wholemeal or brown beer bread. The bread will be a bit heavier and not as light and fluffy as the white beer bread.

You could use a mix of wholemeal or brown flour with white flour.

When making any brown style loaf, mixing in white flour will lighten the final loaf.


WHY DO I NEED TO ADD BAKING POWDER WHEN THERE IS YEAST IN THE BREAD?


It's true there is yeast in beer and lager, but a lot of it is filtered out. 

Some have more yeast left in than. For instance if you see sediment at the bottom of a glass or in a bottle then that is yeast.

Craft beers often have more of the yeast left in, but there is so much variety from beers and stouts to ales and lagers, that it is best to add the baking powder to ensure a good rise in your loaf.


CAN I MAKE BEER BREAD DINNER ROLLS?


Instead of making a loaf of beer bread, you can pour the mixture into a muffin tin to make dinner rolls.

You don't need to change the recipe at all, just make sure the muffin tin is well greased and bake them for 30-35 minutes instead of the 45 minutes the loaf needs.


WHY IS BEER BREAD SO GOOD?


  • It's quick
  • It's easy
  • You don't need any bread making skills
  • You don't need any special equipment
  • You don't need yeast
  • You don't need strong bread flour
  • There's no kneading
  • There's no waiting for it to rise for hours
  • You can easily change the flavours
  • It tastes great

chopped black olives

BLACK OLIVES


The black olives add a lot of flavour and interest to this bread.

If you don't have black olives you could use green olives, but they need to be pitted so either use the pitted olives or pit them yourself then chop them into small pieces.

Pat the olives dry before adding to the dry mixture as you don't want to introduce any more liquid into the dough.


dried thyme in small glass bowl

THYME


The thyme adds even more flavour to the bread. I used dried thyme, but if you have it you could use fresh thyme.

If you don't have thyme, you could use another dried herb like dried coriander or dried basil. 

Dried herbs work better than fresh herbs in beer bread, unless the fresh herbs are quite woody like thyme or rosemary.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread on wooden board with slice of bread cut, showing inside of bread

DIFFERENT FLAVOURS TO ADD TO BEER BREAD


Beer bread can be made plain or jazzed up with all sorts of flavours. Here are a few suggestions of what you can add. 

Why not try out your own combinations?

  1. Chilli flakes
  2. Paprika
  3. Turmeric
  4. Cumin
  5. Dried ginger
  6. Dried thyme
  7. Dried coriander
  8. Dried oregano
  9. Fresh rosemary
  10. Fresh thyme
  11. Garlic
  12. Onion (thinly sliced)
  13. Cheddar (dairy or vegan)
  14. Parmesan (dairy or vegan)
  15. Smoked cheese (dairy or vegan)
  16. Olives (green or black)
  17. Sundried tomatoes
  18. Pumpkin seeds
  19. Sesame seeds
  20. Sunflower seeds

No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread and bowl of homemade soup

HOW TO SERVE BEER BREAD


I like to make a quick beer bread to serve with homemade soup, it's great for dunking.

There's something rather special about serving homemade soup with homemade bread.

You can also serve it plain, just spread with vegan butter (or regular butter).

Or you can slice it and make sandwiches or toast. 


HERE ARE SOME SOUPS TO ENJOY WITH BEER BREAD





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HOW TO MAKE BLACK OLIVE BEER BREAD


Scroll down for step-by-step photos showing you how easy it is to make beer bread, followed by a printable recipe.

No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 1 - Flour in bowl
STEP 1 - FLOUR

Preheat your oven and grease a 2 lb (900g) loaf tin.

Pour your flour into a large mixing bowl. You can sieve it for extra lightness.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 2 - Olives
STEP 2 - OLIVES

Next add the chopped olives.

Make sure you pat them dry on kitchen paper first so you aren't adding any extra liquid to the dough.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 3 - Baking Powder added to bowl
STEP 3 - BAKING POWDER

Now add the baking powder. This will improve the rise.

Remember if you are using plain all purpose flour you will need extra baking powder (see my explanation further up the post).


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 4 - Sugar added to bowl
STEP 4 - SUGAR

Now add the sugar. The sugar will work with the yeast to help with the rise of the dough and also add to the flavour of the loaf.

I used brown sugar, but you could use caster sugar.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 5 - Dried Thyme added to bowl
STEP 5 - DRIED THYME

If you are adding dried or fresh thyme, add it now. 

If you don't have any you could use another dried herb or skip it altogether. The olives will give a lot of flavour to the loaf even if you don't add herbs.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 6 - Salt added to bowl
STEP 6 - SALT

It is always important to add salt to bread. It really makes all the difference to the flavour of the loaf.



No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 7 - Dry ingredients mixed
STEP 7 - MIX

Give the ingredients a good mix, so they are well combined before adding the beer or lager.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 8 - beer added to mixture
STEP 8 - BEER

Now pour in the beer or lager, stout or ale, depending on what you are using.

Do check the quantity on the bottle or can as it may be more than you require for this recipe.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 9 - fold together into a dough
STEP 9 - DOUGH

Quickly fold the dry ingredients into the beer until well combined, but try not to overwork it.

The yeast in the beer, the baking soda and the sugar will all be working together in a chemical reaction already, so don't walk away from it and leave it to bake until later.

Get it in that loaf tin and in the oven as quick as you can.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 10 - Dough placed in loaf tin and sprinkled with flour
STEP 10 - LOAF TIN

Place the bread dough into a well-greased loaf tin.

Sprinkle the top of the loaf with flour.


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread Step 11 - baked until golden
STEP 11 - BAKE

Bake the loaf in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes until the loaf is golden and crisp.

Remove from the tin and tap the base. If it is cooked through it will have a hollow sound.

Cool on a baking rack.

Slice and enjoy!


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST BEER BREAD


  1. Preheat your oven.
  2. Grease the loaf tin well, including the lip of the tin for easy removal of the loaf.
  3. Make sure your baking powder is fresh and not old and out of date as this could affect the rise.
  4. Once you have poured the beer in, work quickly.
  5. Don't over mix the dough, just fold the dry ingredients into the beer until just combined.
  6. Once the dough is in the loaf tin, get it in the oven right away, don't leave it to go back to as the yeast, sugar and baking powder start working as soon as they touch. You want to get the loaf in as quickly as possible so this mixture is still active.
  7. Bake until golden and crisp. No one wants a pale loaf with no crust.
  8. Once you take it out of the oven, remove from the loaf tin right away and tap the base of the bread. If it sounds hollow it's ready, if it sounds heavy, with a dull sound, it need to go back in a bit longer.
  9. Adjust how strong your loaf is by the strength of the lager or beer. A light lager or ale will make a fresher bread, which will appeal more to children, but a heavy beer or stout will produce a stronger hoppy taste to the bread, which some may find too strong.
  10. Use your beer bread fresh on the day you make it and slice it to make toast on day two for the best results.

HOW TO STORE BEER BREAD


Beer bread is best eaten fresh on the day it is made, but you can keep it a second day for toast.

Wrap it in a paper bag, greaseproof paper or a clean tea towel.


CAN YOU FREEZE BEER BREAD?


Beer bread can be frozen on the day it is made.

Make sure it is completely cool then slice. Pop it in a freezer bag with pieces of freezer-friendly baking paper between the slices.

Take out just how many slices you need. You can leave it to defrost on a plate in the fridge overnight or toast it from frozen (it will need a bit longer), your toaster may have a setting for frozen bread.

Frozen beer bread still needs to be used quickly for best results.

UPDATE - READERS RECIPES

I love when readers try my recipes and let me know they have enjoyed them. It's even better when they share photos.


One of my readers (new virtual friend) over in my Facebook Group Living on the Veg made my tattie scones and my black olive bread just hours after I shared it here.

She tweaked both recipes, which I would always recommend you doing to suit your own tastes. 

She added feta to the bread, which is a good call (you could add either veggie or vegan feta) and she added rosemary to the tattie scones. 

Oh and she gave me permission to share.



And from another reader Eva who tried both the recipes and gave me permission to share.




No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread


No Knead Black Olive Beer Bread
Yield: 4-6
Author:
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 50 M
An easy no knead, black olive and thyme beer bread made in one bowl with no yeast. The main ingredients are plain all purpose flour, black olives and beer or lager. Super simple and super quick.

Ingredients:

  • 375g/3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 60g/1/2 cup black olives
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 330ml/1.4 cups beer (lager, stout or ale)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 190c/170c fan/375f/gas mark 5.
  2. Grease a 2 lb/900g loaf tin.
  3. Pour all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Pour in the beer and fold in until just combined.
  5. Place the dough in the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes until crisp and golden.
  6. Once out of the oven, remove from the tin and tap the base. It should sound hollow, if it doesn't pop it back in for a bit longer.
  7. Leave to cool on a baking rack and then slice.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes:

Grease the loaf tin well, including the lip of the tin for easy removal of the loaf.
Make sure your baking powder is fresh and not old and out of date as this could affect the rise.
Once you have poured the beer in, work quickly.
Don't over mix the dough, just fold the dry ingredients into the beer until just combined.
Once the dough is in the loaf tin, get it in the oven right away, don't leave it to go back to as the yeast, sugar and baking powder start working as soon as they touch. You want to get the loaf in as quickly as possible so this mixture is still active.
Bake until golden and crisp. No one wants a pale loaf with no crust.
Once you take it out of the oven, remove from the loaf tin right away and tap the base of the bread. If it sounds hollow it's ready, if it sounds heavy, with a dull sound, it need to go back in a bit longer.
Adjust how strong your loaf is by the strength of the lager or beer. A light lager or ale will make a fresher bread, which will appeal more to children, but a heavy beer or stout will produce a stronger hoppy taste to the bread, which some may find too strong.
Use your beer bread fresh on the day you make it and slice it to make toast on day two for the best results.
Beer bread is best eaten fresh on the day it is made, but you can keep it a second day for toast. Wrap it in a paper bag, greaseproof paper or a clean tea towel.
Beer bread can be frozen on the day it is made. Make sure it is completely cool then slice. Pop it in a freezer bag with pieces of freezer-friendly baking paper between the slices. Take out just how many slices you need. You can leave it to defrost on a plate in the fridge overnight or toast it from frozen (it will need a bit longer), your toaster may have a setting for frozen bread. Frozen beer bread still needs to be used quickly for best results.
Calories
274.01
Fat (grams)
1.86
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.27
Carbs (grams)
53.17
Fiber (grams)
2.27
Net carbs
50.90
Sugar (grams)
1.96
Protein (grams)
6.86
Sodium (milligrams)
718.36
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00
easy bread recipe, olive bread, quick bread, no knead bread, no yeast bread, yeast free bread, vegan bread, beer bread, olive beer bread, olive bread
baking
British, vegan
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20 comments

  1. Jac, this looks excellent! At present I have some yeast on hand, but I also have two more cans of Guinness which I was saving for cake, but bread might be a better option. And the olives - yum. We just discovered a woman with olive trees in the area who cures her own, so now we must definitely make this.

    I'm rooting for G. to triumph over that tablet. Confectionery is HARD.

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    1. Oh excellent, the Guinness will make a really tasty loaf and you can save the yeast for another day. Local olives sounds like an awesome discovery. And as to G, I am loathe to let him use any more ingredients now we are shopping so infrequently. I hope you guys are well.

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  2. This looks delicious - I love beer bread with soup and the olives make it so much fancier! We have been making cheese and olive bread but your post makes me think about putting beer into sourdough.

    BTW with your comment about salt being important in the taste of the beer bread, I wonder if it alters the texture of beer bread. Having mistakenly left it out of sourdough bread I have learnt the hard way how badly it affects the texture when you leave salt out!

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    1. I wouldn't put beer in sourdough as you already have your yeast, this is just for a quick bread.

      Oh now I don't know about the salt but you could be on to something there Johanna.

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  3. I have nearly run out of yeast and I am not confident enough to try sour dough so this is the perfect recipe for me. I don't have black olives but I do have green and my daughter likes Polish lager, so I have some of that in my cupboard. I will let you know how I get on. Jill

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    1. Oh well this recipe is idea then and yes use the green olives and Polish lager and let me know. I am sure you will love it.

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  4. This bread is so easy to make you won't even believe it! It's perfect for pairing with stews and chili.

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    1. Oh goodness yes, it would be fabulous with chilli or stews. Good call!

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  5. Delicious and easy! That's the only way I roll with recipes and yours always deliver! I'm the only one who likes olives in my house so, more for beer bread for me :)

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    1. Awww thanks Traci. In my house my son and I are the ones that like olives and my husband doesn't but he is ok with them in dishes thankfully (which is a recent development, so I guess he is getting used to them). You could always just bake a plain beer bread or add something else in instead of the olives like sundried tomatoes (pat them dry on kitchen paper before adding).

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  6. This looks amazing, especially with no knead and no yeast! Looking forward to making it.

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    1. Yes it's perfect for right now when people are staying home more and starting to experiment with their first breads. It's also great when you can't get yeast which is also a bit scarce right now.

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  7. Olives and beer are two of my favourite things. This looks amazing, I will definitely be trying it.

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    1. Haha yes they are great together. I do hope you try it.

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  8. I've never had black olive beer bread until now! It was fairly easy to make and the texture came out perfectly!

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    1. Oh that's fabulous, I am glad you tried it and enjoyed it. I am always surprised at how good it is with so little effort. You just don't expect it.

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  9. Beer bread is amaaaazing and I love that this one has black olives in it and is no knead!!

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    1. It is and so under rated. I think people just forget about it. It is so easy and fab with olives in it.

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  10. This was perfect to accompany a hearty soup I made during the week. It was so easy to make and tasted delicious. I took your advice with freezing some in slices and they were equally as good when we had them again. Thank you for this - I think I'll be trying different flavour combinations with other dishes.

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    1. It's so easy and always comes out great. I am so glad you enjoyed. Thanks for letting me know x

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