Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Makes 1 loaf

How to Make It

Heat oven to 400° F. Oil a baking sheet.

In the bowl of a standing mixer on low, or in a large bowl using a spoon, combine the flour, yeast, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Add the beer and mix just until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with the basil and knead gently just until incorporated. Shape the dough into a round loaf and transfer to the prepared sheet. Bake until the loaf is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Turn the loaf onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Tip: This dense, hearty bread is best when it's thickly sliced and served with a plate of fresh tomatoes or a bowl of summer minestrone. You can also toast it and drizzle it with olive oil.

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Ratings & Reviews

nwilker's Review

September 18, 2011
update - calories are SUPER high! Almost 2000 for the whole loaf - if you happen to be able to cut it into 12 then it woudl 165 for a small slice... hrmph... was outstanding till i saw that... ----------- Hello - beyond easy - nothing to let rise, not much to mess up - absolutely wonderful recipe! I used an oatmeal stout, dry basil and spicy olive oil. Taste was great - was done right at the 40 minute mark at mile high.

DebbieLou's Review

October 25, 2009
For those confused by the yeast amount...1 1/4 oz package means one single (not two!) 1/4 oz package. Yummy! Great with soup. Very easy.

jennday1's Review

July 09, 2009
This was AWESOME! My first attempt at bread (besides cinnamon rolls and biscuits). I have always feared yeast as this big unknown. This was soooo easy and tasted amazing. Thumbs up from hubby and kid. The flavors blend perfectly. Would be good with a sandwich too. We had this bread, minnestrone soup, and a tomato basil mozarella red pepper salad.