An easy, vegan cheese beer bread with chives. It's super quick to make with no yeast, no kneading and you can use plain (all-purpose) or self-raising flour.
VEGAN CHEESE & CHIVE BEER BREAD (no knead, no yeast recipe)
Beer bread has to be the easiest bread to make and the quickest to prepare.
This simple beer bread is flavoured with cheese and chives.
It's a rustic loaf with a good crust.
Well worth a try and a good place to start if you haven't made bread before.
You'll have fun and be amazed at how easy it is.
It always feels a bit like magic to me.
DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO MAKE VEGAN CHEESE BREAD?
Nope. You don't need any special equipment, it's a very basic recipe.
All you need is a bowl to mix the dough in and a loaf tin to bake it in.
Nothing fancy at all.
I use a 2 lb (900g) loaf tin.
They vary a little in length and depth, but there's no need to worry.
WHY DON'T YOU NEED YEAST TO MAKE VEGAN CHEESE BEER BREAD?
I'd love to say it's the beer that replaces the yeast, but in all honesty, it's the raising agent.
Modern beer doesn't generally have enough yeast to give your bread rise.
Some have more than others, if you look at a craft beer, they have a lot more yeast in them, but you still need that raising agent.
The raising agent is baking powder.
If you are using self-raising flour instead of plain, it's good to add a little extra baking powder to the mixture.
It's true self-raising flour has some in the flour, but not as much as we would add, so add a generous pinch to your self-raising flour.
WHY DON'T YOU KNEAD BEER BREAD?
When you're making a dough with yeast, you knead the dough to build structure and gluten in the dough to help with the texture and rise.
In a beer bread the small amount of yeast in the beer, reacts with the sugar you add.
This along with the raising agent and the bubbles from the beer help with the rise and the texture.
It really is a bit of alchemy.
ADDING CHEESE FLAVOUR TO A VEGAN BREAD
DON'T OVERMIX YOUR BEER BREAD DOUGH!
It's important you don't overmix your beer bread dough.
If you do, it will be heavy and dense.
Just pour the beer in and fold to mix until nearly all the flour is combined.
Don't worry if there are little patches of flour, it's more important not to over mix it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CHEESE & CHIVE BEER BREAD
You only need a few simple ingredients to make cheese & chive beer bread.
- PLAIN FLOUR - also known as all-purpose flour
- BAKING POWDER - as the raising agent
- SUGAR - caster sugar, although you could use whatever you have
- SALT - for flavour
- VEGAN PARMESAN - or vegan cheddar
- NUTRITIONAL YEAST - also known as nooch
- DRIED CHIVES - dried are better than fresh herbs in bread unless you are using a woody herb like thyme.
- BEER - or lager
HOW TO SERVE BEER BREAD
- SOUP - it's the perfect bread to serve with soup. Try my easy vegan broccoli and pea soup or my vegan tomato soup made with tinned tomatoes.
- BUTTERED - it's great slathered with vegan butter or spread.
- TOASTED - it's really good toasted
- PATE - try serving it toasted with a mushroom pate or a spicy bean pate.
- HUMMUS - it's good plain or toasted with hummus.
- CHEESE & CHUTNEY - buttered and topped with vegan cheese and chutney or pickle.
- CREAM CHEESE - top with vegan cream cheese and slices of cucumber
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HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CHEESE & CHIVE BEER BREAD
Vegan Cheese & Chive Beer Bread
- 375 g self-raising flour
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 4 tbsp vegan parmesan grated
- 1 tbsp dried chives
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- a good grinding of black pepper
- 330 ml 1 ½ cups beer
- Preheat your oven to 190c/170c fan/375f/gas mark 5.
- Grease a 2 lb / 900g loaf tin.
- Add the flour, sugar, cheese, yeast, chives, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Pour the beer into the dried ingredients and fold in until just combined. Try not to over mix.
- Bake in your pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
- Remove from the tin.
- Turn the loaf upside down and tap the bottom, if it sounds hollow it is ready, if not pop it in for a little longer.
- Cool on a baking rack, then slice and serve.
- If you don't have self-raising flour, you can use plain flour and 1 tbsp of baking powder as the raising agent.
- You can just use parmesan or nutritional yeast if you don't have one or the other.
- Beer bread is best served on the day it is made, but you can toast it the next day.