RECIPE: Osiecki Family's Super Simple Bread

16 Jul 2020, 11:07AM

This is an Osiecki family recipe from Michael’s grandmother and Vera makes it all the time. This is a really good bread as it is ready in 1 hour – perfect when you need bread in a hurry!


  • 3 cups flour (I use organic stone-ground flour and will often use 1 cup of wholemeal and 2 cups of plain flour)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small bottle of beer (about 375ml), any beer is fine (I tend to try different sorts of the many craft beers that are available. They all provide a slightly different flavour to the bread)
  • Seeds, nuts or dried fruit if desired
  • Butter, to line pan


  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Butter a bread or loaf pan.
  3. Place flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and give this a good stir.
  4. Add seeds, nuts or dried fruit to the bread at this stage, if using.
  5. Add bottle of beer and mix this up – the mixture should be soft and sticky.
  6. Put bread mixture into the tin and pop in the oven to cook for 50 minutes.
  7. Take it out and if you wish you can brush with melted butter, this gives it a nice shine, or just leave it as is.

The beauty of this bread is that it can be ready from thought to table in 1 hour. It’s best eaten fresh but will also toast well after a couple of days.