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Wells and Young Banana Beer Bread Failure

By: Kyle Valenzuela

Just Like Any Other Banana Nut Recipe…


I have stated in the beginning that I will share both my successes and my failures. Well I am happy to write to post on my first failure.

Wells and Young Banana Bread Beer seemed like the easier choice to make when baking beer bread. I mean, it has bread in the title. Now, I am a big fan of banana nut bread and have made it copious amount times in the past sans beer. So it made sense to use the recipe I already have and add beer to the recipe. Wrong!

Here is the recipe that you should stay away from


  • 1 1/4 Cups of Flour
  • 2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 12 Ounces of Wells and Young Banana Bread Beer
  • 2-3 Crushed Ripe Bananas
  • 2 tsp of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts


  • Step 1
    Preheat the over to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 
  • Step 2
    In a medium size bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), stir together to combine.
  • Step 3
    In another medium size bowl combine margarine and sugar, with a mixer cream the margarine, and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Step 4
    Add in mashed bananas, eggs, milk and mix well.  Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until the flour is just mixed in, then add in the remaining flour and 1/2 cup walnuts, blend together until everything is mixed together.  Do not over stir.
  • Step 5
    Pour batter into a greased 8×4 inch loaf pan.  Then top the batter with the remaining chopped walnuts.   Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.


I should have realized by the viscosity of the batter that this was going to turn out very mushy and inedible. However, I know nothing about bread pudding, so this could have been the best bread pudding recipe ever. Hard on the outside and uncooked on the inside, this bread enjoyed its new home in the trash can.


It is always disheartening to throw almost ten dollars worth of ingredients aways. So I am curious. What could I do to salvage a failed bread recipe? Could I use it to make bread pudding (never had it so I am curious)? Could I take this mushy disaster and repurpose into something else. I am open to suggestions.

Kyle Valenzuela

I am a developer, cooking fanatic, and craft beer lover. However, lacking in baking skills, I decided to try making beer bread. Baking Brew is dedicated to cooking and baking with one main ingredient in mind. Craft Beer!