Preparation and baking time for this bread is a little over one hour!



Hands-on Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour including rising time
Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm beer.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt, baking soda, and whole wheat flour, mixing vigorously by hand or with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in unbleached flour.
  4. Turn out on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Or use a mixer with a dough hook attachment.
  5. Shape into a large oblong loaf.
  6. Sprinkle a baking sheet or baking stone with the cornmeal.
  7. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf is golden brown.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Serve this hot on a breadboard and tear off chunks, dip in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and enjoy!