Bread Baking Day #12: Small Breads – Stout, Oat and Honey Knots

breadbakingday #12 09.05.2024 **
Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen 11.05.2024 ** chose small breads 11.05.2024 ** for this month’s edition of Bread Baking Day. Small bread means „Brötchen“ in German and there is a wide choice. The „Brötchen“ I have already baked you’ll find here. I like small breads with whole grains or other grains than wheat. This recipe 27.04.2021 ** sounded interesting and just right for this event. A pint of stout awaits a slice of bread and butter, this bread combines all. Again I bought some stout and began to bake.Stout, Oat and Honey Knots 005

While baking a great smell spread over the kitchen. My family couldn’t wait to try the knots, for example with roastbeef and for the vegetarians with cheese

Stout, Oat and Honey Knots

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The recipe was easy to follow, my oats were already browned within 5 minutes, than the oats began to smoke. I used whole meal spelt. There is a video which shows how to make the knots.

-========= REZKONV-Recipe – RezkonvSuite v1.4
Title: Stout, Oat and Honey Knots
Categories: Bread, Yeast
Yield: 1 Recipe


75 grams   Rolled oats
500 ml   Stout or other beer, cider or apple juice
50 grams   Unsalted butter
50 grams   Honey
1     Sachet easy-blend yeast
400 grams   Wheat flour Type 550
150 grams   Wholemeal, rye or spelt flour
1 3/4 teasp.   Salt


  Dan Lepard 27.04.2021 **
  Edited *RK* 07/06/2008 by
  Ulrike Westphal


Heat the oven to 200 °C (180 °C fan-assisted). Place the oats on a tray in the oven for a bit over 3 – 5 minutes until they turn a rich golden brown. Get a saucepan out of the cupboard and pour in the stout. Add the oats, stick it on a medium heat and bring it to the boil. Drop the butter and honey into the pan, pop the lid on and leave it about 30 minutes till it gets warm.

Have a large mixing bowl ready and, if you’re kitchen feels a bit nippy this time of year, scald the inside with boiling water and dry it well. Spoon in the white and wholemeal flour, add the yeast and salt then toss everything together with your fingers. Pour in the warm oatmeal mixture and stir everything together with your fingers, cover the bowl and leave for 10 minutes. Lightly oil the worksurface and your hands, scoop the dough out of the bowl and gently knead it for 10 – 12 seconds. Scoop the dough back into the bowl, cover and leave for 10 minutes then repeat the light knead twice more at 10 minute intervals.

Leave the dough for an hour, ideally somewhere it won’t get a chill, then divide it into pieces. For a big sandwich rolls weigh about five 225 g pieces; for dinner rolls weight about a dozen 100 g pieces. Cover the base of a baking tray with non-stick parchment (the paper will stop the rolls getting too scorched on the bottom), roll each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a sausage about 15cm – 20cm long, tie it in a knot and place on the tray. If you want a coating of oats on the rolls, lay a sheet of wet kitchen paper on one dinner plate and spoon rolled oats onto another, then roll the dough sausage first on the wet paper and then in the oats before knotting. Sit each roll on the tray spaced 4-5cm apart, cover the tray loosely with an old carrier bag and leave for about an hour until doubled in height.

Heat the oven to 210 °C (190 °C fan-assisted). Bake the rolls for 20 minutes then reduce the heat to 180 ° C (160 °C fan-assisted), bake until a good golden brown then leave to cool on a wire rack covered loosely with a dry tea-towel.


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9 thoughts on “Bread Baking Day #12: Small Breads – Stout, Oat and Honey Knots

  1. rainbowbrown @

    Great looking knots. I’ve always been curious about making bread with beer in it. Stout sounds like the way to go, all malty and everything. Nice work.

  2. Jude (

    Guinness in bread? Sounds good to me already…. I’ve only tried beer in quick breads but not yeasted.

  3. katie (Gast)

    Thyme for Cooking, the Blog
    These look easy…. and really delicious! I love dark rolls – with beer.
    I think I should come live with you for awhile….maybe while mon mari is building my kitchen….

  4. Aparna (

    Your bread knots look good, full of fibre yet not dense.
    I love the smell of fresh baking bread. They should bottle the fragrance!
    Thanks for participating.

  5. David W (Gast)

    Could I please ask you to clearly state that the recipe for Stout, Oat and Honey Knots is the original work and copyright of food writer Dan Lepard and was published on his website at_ and by The Guardian newspaper in their Guardian Guide to Baking – likewise, the video clip was made by Dan Lepard for the Guardian and posted on their website.


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