After the sourdough fiasco I felt the need to purge the memory by baking something successfully. This is a handy recipe as it uses only store cupboard essentials: flour, salt, yeast, honey and lager.

Lager Batons

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Skill level: easy
Makes: 4 batons


  • strong white flour – 425g
  • lager – 250ml
  • dried yeast
  • honey – 2tbsp
  • olive oil – 2tbsp
  • dried yeast – 1tsp
  • salt – 1tsp

In a bowl mix together the flour and salt.

Heat the lager to a moderate heat and then transfer to a measuring jug. Stir in the honey and leave until at blood heat. When at the correct temperature, stir in the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes until there is a good yeasty head.

Pour into the flour mixture along with the olive oil and form into a dough.

Knead for 10 minutes, return to the bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Lager Batons

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for a minute or two.

Divide into 4 pieces and roll each into a 12 inch baton.

Place on a well-oiled baking tray (leaving ample room for expansion), cover loosely with oiled cling film, set aside somewhere warm for a further hour or until doubled in size.

Remove the clingfilm (no, really) dust with flour and place in a pre-heated oven (200C/gas mark 7) for 15 minutes. Turn when halfway done to ensure even cooking.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Verdict: A soft sweet bread which goes very well with a strong sharp cheese. Does not taste of lager.

Drink: K4e.

Entertainment: The Monochrone Set – Eligible Bachelors. The result of a bored and nostalgic hour on Amazon. “Corrugated horse flesh candy in lime marmalade, Dolphin heads in aspic with a butterfly brocade”


  1. Really beautiful loaves, there is nothing like simple perfect bread!

  2. I love how lager is a storcupboard essential. Excellent priorities!

  3. Looks like we both have a thing for making breads 🙂
    You have a beautiful blog. I’ll definitely be back.

  4. I just made them – they are great!!

  5. I think using beer as a leavening agent is absolutely brilliant. And what better leavening agent than LAGER? mmm.

    You should really consider submitting this recipe to Cookthink’s Root Source Challenge. Lager is an upcoming ingredient and you could win a cookbook!

    Check it out:

  6. Lovely batons. Just made them this afternoon, and perfect for bacon rolls tomorrow.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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