German Beer Bread is the best to be made with Hofbrau beer. Here is a little history of the Hofbrauhaus: The Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 by Herzog Wilhem V.
Since then the brewery and the Brauhaus are a historical location in Munich. Hofbrau are part of the Bavarian history and it is a 400 year old tradition to brew this beer that is been served at the annual Oktoberfest. We all know it by its abbreviation “HB” and owner is the Hofbrauhaus in Munich that is one of the wo traditional breweries from the Old World. Indeed it is part of Bavaria and the beer has created a life style with the beer garden, the food and the “Gemutlichkeit”.
The first Oktoberfest
Bavarian king Maximilian I. showed that he is a generous man when his son Ludwig married Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. For this wedding he sponsored for 40.000 visitors a gigantic fest, it was the first Oktoberfest and was dated on October 17, 1810. Highlight of the fest was the horse race on a meadow in front of the city, and from that date on it was called “Theresienwiese” (Wiese = Meadow), and it had been decided that such a fest should be occurring every year.
It is what we call today The Oktoberfest and it is happening on the “Wies’n”, the former Theresienwiese. 2 years later, in 1812 a special beer was created: The Oktoberfest Beer. It has a dark yellow color, is more spiced, and has more alcohol than the regular beer. Since then the Oktoberfest beer from Hofbrau, has been the world most famous beer worldwide.
Germany is known as to be the country with the best beer. It is because of the water they use, the hops and of course of traditional recipes that are kept secret. The beer has no chemicals, or any unnatural substances. It is brewed per the rules that are quite strict in Germany.
That beer can be used also for other recipes is not something strange in Germany, I found a recipe to make bread with main ingredient beer. Happy Cooking! And Prosit!
Ingredients German Beer Bread
360 g whole grain flour (see link below)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry yeast
1-2 Tbsp honey (depending how sweet it should be)
375 ml light beer such as The Original Hofbrau beer or The Hofbrau Lager – Golden Oktoberfest Beer (Seasonal) also called Munich Helles
Baking Instructions German Beer Bread
- Grease a baking form (rectangle 10 cm x 20 cm) with butter.
- In a big bowl mix all dry ingredients very well, add honey and then the beer.
- Stir a little bit but not too much, this is fatal. You need to have some clumps in the dough. Use a wooden spoon (no mixer) and stir several times.
- Pour dough in baking form and bake it for 30-40 minutes, should have a light brown crust.
- Take it out of the oven, increase temperature to 220 C or 425 F.
- Place the bread on a baking tray (must not be in the form) and because the bread is hot any butter will melt right away, so spread the butter generously over the top and sides.
If you don’t like it too sweet reduce honey or don’t use it at all.
If you don’t have natron use dry yeast or just don’t use it at all, it should work.
Dissolve the honey in the beer.The taste might be different according to the beer you are using. A light beer is recommended that is not too strong in taste. So don’t use Guiness, Bock beer or ale. Find the right beer for the recipe at Hofbrauhaus USA – click here