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30Bake Time

Dark Ale & Walnut Bread

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About the bake

Bread machine recipes don't have to stop at just plain white and wholemeal loaves (although these are super yummy too) You can make magic with your bread maker crafting a more 'adult' offering of dark beer bread with walnuts.

This loaf also creates the most divine ploughman sandwich, you can thank us later...

Which beer is best for dark beer bread?

Brown ale, lagers, and porters will all work nicely. Let the beer come to room temperature, or close to it.

30Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Put the ingredients into the bread maker baking pan in the order specified for your particular model (see manufacturer’s handbook).

  2. Step 2:

    Set to the basic white program. Add the walnuts at the time for added ingredients, as directed by the manufacturer of your machine.

  3. Step 3:

    Remove the dough from machine and knead again until smooth. Shape the dough into a circle.

  4. Step 4:

    Place onto a greased baking sheet and leave to prove until double in size.

  5. Step 5:

    Cut a deep cross into the top of the loaf and decorate with walnuts.

  6. Step 6:

    Bake at 190°C (170°C fan, 375°F, gas mark 5) for 30 minutes.


    • 225ml Dark ale (or stout)
    • 75ml Walnut oil
    • 200g Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour
    • 200g Country grain bread flour
    • 2 tsp Sea salt
    • 25g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1.25 tsp Allinson's Easy Bake Yeast
    • 75g Walnuts (halves)


  • Breadmaker
  • Baking sheet

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