I hear you, friends. It’s hard to get bread these days. Flour and yeast, too.
So, I devised a solution.
I must warn you, however, that it requires a tremendous sacrifice: specifically, a bottle (or can) of beer. That’s a big deal in the best of times (just ask my husband); it’s a leap of faith in present circumstances. Some pleading and promises may be necessary if the beer belongs to someone else in your house.
Trust me, any and all such sacrifices, pleadings and promises are 100% worth it.
The Bread You Must Make
Must is a strong word. But I mean it: you must make this bread! It is so delicious. And easy. Plus healthy, versatile, and fast.
My mother made beer bread often when I was a wee thing; it is especially excellent alongside soup. I suspected I might be able to make it with chickpea flour, and, after some testing and tweaking, I was right!
This beer bread is yeasty (thanks to the beer), hearty, and wholesome. The nutty flavor of the chickpea flour deepens the malty flavor of the beer in perfect coalescence. It is also:
- Added sugar-free
- Grain-free (save for the beer)
A Very Easy Bread to Make & Bake
No previous baking skills? No problem. This bread requires no more baking prowess than some whisking and pouring. It’s about 1 minute of active work. You’ve got this.
Ingredients for Chickpea Flour Beer Bread
Two of the three ingredients for this bread are right there in the title: chickpea flour and beer. You will also need a tablespoon of baking powder.
You can add salt, too (1/4 teaspoon is just right for me), but it is optional. Salt can be omitted altogether, or adjusted according to your needs and/or preferences.
What Kind of Beer Should I Use?
The answer to this question is any darn beer you can get your hands onto. You can use craft beer, crap beer, amber beer, dark beer, or light beer.
Basic beer will have the most neutral flavor, but fancy beers can contribute all varieties of delightful and delectable flavor nuances. Oh, the places you can go with this bread!
If you need the bread to be 100% gluten-free, be sure to choose a certified gluten-free beer.
Can I Use Something Other Than Beer?
Yes! An equal sized can or bottle of soda water, club soda, tonic water, or seltzer can be used in place of the beer.
Other drinks that bubble in a can or bottle might work, within limits. FANTA grape chickpea flour bread is outside my limits. But a natural soda, such as ginger ale, ginger beer, or lemon-lime soda should work fine.
How to Make the Bread
Set aside a minute and make this bread, friends!
Before you begin mixing, preheat the oven to 350F and then grease or lightly spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan. It’s important to have the pan ready to go so that the batter can be poured, and the bread baked, immediately (the batter will bubble as soon as it is mixed; you want to preserve those air bubbles!)
Step 1: Whisk the chickpea flour, baking powder, and (optional) salt in a large bowl; slowly pour in the beer (so that it does not foam up too much). Gently stir or whisk the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix as it will break up the air bubbles.
Step 2: Scrape the bread into the prepared pan. That was easy!
Cool the bread in the pan on a cooling rack, for 15 minutes, before removing from the pan. Cool it on a cooling rack until completley cooled.
Yum, yum and yum! Baking powder (as opposed to baking soda) gives this bread a neutral flavor. Have fun with add-ins, too, such as spices, fresh or dried herbs, seeds, nuts, nutritional yeast, and more.
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Flavorful, fabulous chickpea flour beer bread , made with 3 ingredients! Mix it in a minute and it’s ready 45 minutes later. It is vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free.
- 2 and 2/3 cups (320 g) chickpea flour
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) baking powder
- Optional/adjustable: 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 12-ounce bottle or can beer (any variety)
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Spray a 9×5-inch (22.5×12.5 cm) loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, which the chickpea flour, baking powder and (optional/adjustable) salt. Slowly (so that it does not foam too much) pour in the beer.
- Gently whisk or stir until just blended. Immediately pour batter into prepared baking pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 42 to 45 minutes until golden brown, the top has cracks, and a skewer inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Transfer pan to a cooling rack and cool bread for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or tightly wrapped in freezer for up to 6 months.
Tip: An uncooked piece of spaghetti can be used as a tester (instead of a skewer) for determining if the center is set!
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baking
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 86
- Sugar: 2.1 g
- Sodium: 144.6 mg
- Fat: 1.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 11.9 g
- Fiber: 2.1 g
- Protein: 4.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: chickpea flour, beer, beer bread, vegan, 3-ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, easy, easy bread, sugar-free