3 cups of plain flour (about 450g)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
12 fl oz beer (350ml)
A handful of grated cheddar (optional)
About 2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 190°C (375°F)
- Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cheese & herbs in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
- Pour the beer in slowly, and mix slowly with a wooden spoon until just combined. You don't want to over mix it & knock all the air out of the beer. The mixture should be sticky & elastic.
- Spread into a loaf tin & smooth and glaze the top with an egg wash (1 egg beaten with a touch of water or milk).
- Bake for 40-45 mins until pale gold in colour.
I can't remember where I got this recipe so I also can't remember how exactly it works but I think the beer & the sugar react to create a natural yeast reaction. It's all very scientific. You can use any kind of beer you like- I have just used normal lager, but I also really want to try making this with Guinness!
I also made a plain wheaten bread, but haven't included the recipe for this one as I used a popular brand of bread mix that you can get here in Northern Ireland that you just add buttermilk to as I couldn't find any whole wheat flour in the supermarket :( Next on my list is soda bread & potato bread!
Don't forget my post about home-made soup so you have something warm & delicious to go with your freshly baked bread! Happy eating!