Dark beer does indeed give this bread a dark color as well as deep flavor. Beer actually has a long tradition as an ingredient in baking bread, which makes sense when you consider that beer is made from hops and yeast. Before the loaf goes into the oven, it is brushed with water and dusted with rye flour, which complements the taste of the beer and also the whole wheat flour that's used in the dough.


  • 300 milliliters dark beer
  • 25 grams margarine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 300 grams wheat flour
  • 100 grams whole wheat flour
  • 150 grams rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (dry organic)


  1. Place the ingredients, in the order listed, in the pan of a bread machine.
  2. Select the dough program.
  3. When the cycle is finished, place the dough on a floured surface and shape into a ball.
  4. Brush with water and sprinkle with rye flour.
  5. Place in a greased loaf pan. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  7. Make a few cuts in the dough with a knife and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
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