Beer Flatbread

Maybe you could even call this beer naan? The recipe is very similar to a naan recipe, but there is no yoghurt or milk on the ingredient list. The beer adds lots of flavour and a little bit of sweetness. You can make this bread even more flavourful by leaving the dough in the fridge for 8 – 12 hours. This is called delayed fermentation and it helps to activate enzymes. These enzymes turn complex sugars into simple ones and make the bread sweeter. You should try it, it really makes a difference.

260 g (2 c + 2 T) flour
160 ml (2/3 cup) beer (I used a pilsener)
1/2 t active dry yeast
1 t salt
1 1/2 T sugar
1 T olive oil
minced garlic and more olive oil for serving

Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and knead for 10 minutes, until the dough is elastic and not sticky anymore. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for 8-12 hours. (If you want to skip this, simply let the dough rise at room temperature, for one hour.)

Take the dough out of the fridge and let rest for one hour, to bring it back to room temperature. Divide into equal pieces (I made 7 small breads, but you could also make 5 larger ones.) Heat a cast iron pan to high heat and preheat the oven to 50°C (120°F). Form one piece of dough into a bread – you can roll it out or simply stretch it with your hands – and place it in the pan. Cook until browned or even blackened, if you like, and flip over. When the bread is cooked, spread with olive oil and sprinkle with minced garlic.Repeat with remaining dough pieces. Store the finished breads in the ofen until you are done cooking.

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30 Comments

  • 8 years ago

    mmm, this sounds yummy! I love bread, especially flatbreads. Thanks!

  • 8 years ago

    When I saw the photo, I thought naan. It sounds delicious!

  • 8 years ago

    I didn’t realize naan usually has dairy :( but this beer breads looks beerlicious!

  • elbu
    8 years ago

    Delicious! I made them with whole wheat flour (adding a little more beer for the texture) and they made a great lunch with salad and some pickles from the fridge.

  • 8 years ago

    Yum! I ususally cant eat nann because it has animal products…but this recipe doesnt :)

    Rose

  • 8 years ago

    This looks so interesting – I love the idea of using beer, and retarding the dough for even more flavor. Great post!

  • 8 years ago

    Beer flatbread is such a great idea! I’ve always liked regular beer bread and naan, but never thought to combine the two!

  • 8 years ago

    I was just wondering what to do with a bit of leftover ale from yesterday that I saved for baking purposes… This is just perfect, and I think I’ll try the delayed fermentation method for even more perfection. Thank for posting this Mihl!

  • 8 years ago

    lovely, they look gorgeous. I tried makin naans once and failed, these look way better!

  • 8 years ago

    beer naan!?? a dream come true. i am so making this recipe this weekend! awesome, awesome recipe!

  • Mimi
    8 years ago

    This bread looks fun. I’ll have to try it!

  • 8 years ago

    hooray for beer! i would totally call that beer naan! that’s so awesome on so many levels, Mihl! i’m gonna have to make this for dan! thank you, thank you! i need to get my butt over to yeastspotting – i haven’t checked it out and i’ve heard so much about it…

  • 8 years ago

    I love beer bread, and this flatbread recipe is so creative!

  • 8 years ago

    Beer naan! That looks AWESOME! I am such a fan of crispy bread anything, thanks for the recipe.

  • veganhomemade
    8 years ago

    This sounds amazing! I love beer quick bread but have never used it in a yeasted bread. I’ve never made homemade flat bread, either, not seems like a good time to start!

  • 8 years ago

    That looks delicious! I have to try this! I guess it’ll be delicious with a tahini sauce.
    have a nice week.

  • 8 years ago

    What a great looking bread! Beer AND yeast–my honey would just love this. :)

  • fortheloveofguava
    8 years ago

    oh yum! so easy and delicious looking! also.. when I was reading this in google i thought the first sentence was… “I guess you could call me a beer man..” which I thought was odd but made me chortle… hehe…mmm beer naan!

  • 8 years ago

    Oh that looks soooooo good!

  • 8 years ago

    Oh Mihl, I love you! This sounds so perfect. I love beer in breads! I’m making this next time I make Indian food…instead of traditional naan.

  • 8 years ago

    This is the perfect recipe for the beer- and bread-lovers that we are! I have to try it soon! Thank you for sharing it.

  • 8 years ago

    YUMMMM! JA BITTE!

  • Taymer
    8 years ago

    Yes it really looks like a naan. I never made flat bread other than roti at home. I will definately make this in the future. You really need to write a bread book or something you come up with some amazing bread recipes.

  • marybakes
    8 years ago

    LOVE this idea!

  • 8 years ago

    holy crap! I am really craving flatbread, and this one looks amazing… must try…

  • 8 years ago

    I’m intrigued! I need to make this for my parents when I get home. They LOVE indian food and, well, beer. Haha.

  • 8 years ago

    These are definitely ingredients I always have on hand! Can’t wait to throw it together soon!

  • 8 years ago

    I have made beer bread many times.. but beer flat bread? I must make ASAP. yes! yes! yes!

  • 8 years ago

    Love its similarly to naan!

  • 8 years ago

    That looks awesome, can’t wait to try it.

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