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Beer Bread

While I was in South Africa, my mom taught me this uber easy bread recipe. I like fast easy stuff to cook/ bake, and the great thing about this bread is that you can be creative with it. Turn it into a cooking science experiment, that way you won’t get bored, and you can amaze your family and friends with your genius kitchen skills! Say hello to Beer bread! Yes it is probably as healthy as it sounds!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 can of your preferred beer
500 grams Self Raising flour *
1 packet of your preferred flavourant (the most obvious choices would be dry brown onion soup; dry pasta cheese sauce; dry mushroom sauce… you get the picture right – we are making a savoury bread, but remember this can be a science experiment. I tried this recipe and used peanut butter and syrup, which was, let’s say: interesting, tasted sort of like premade peanut butter toast…)

METHOD:

Mix your 3 ingredients together in a bowl, put the dough into a greased bread pan or pot and pop in the oven for 45 to 60 minutes between 180 to 200 degrees Centigrade (375F)

Sifting the flour before adding the beer, allows for a less dense final product. Also you can use non alcoholic beer, but you may want to add some yeast. The alcohol should burn off while being baked.

*If you live in a country that doesn’t sell Self Raising flour at the supermarket (like me. What the heck Spain??) You need to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to every cup of normal flour you use. 125 g equals a normal cup, so for 500grams you will need 8 teaspoons of baking powder. You can also make your own self raising flour with other fancier more complicated methods, like using bicarb and creme of tartar, but then, you know, this recipe is starting to be not so easy and fun any more, I mean who wants to remember more than 3 ingredients? Right!

Oh! Oh! You can be even more of a fancy pants and add a small tin of sweetcorn to your bread mix. The resulting bread makes an awesome snack for a barbecue.

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Adding seeds, onions or olives to the bread mix is also another way of making the bread extra yummy. I added sunflower seeds.

Ta-da happy beer bread! There are about a million beer bread recipes on Google, so if you are looking for other versions, do a little bit of searching online. Happy Baking!

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2 thoughts on “Beer Bread

  1. I love easy recipes and this looks like it could be (depending on the ingredients) super tasty.

    One question, how strong is the beer taste? Let’s say I have a bunch of beer leftover from a (Hipster) party that I can’t stand. Would I be able to use it in the bread to a) get rid of it and b) disguise the horrible taste?

  2. The beer taste is not so strong, but if you are using beer you hate, I would recommend trying a loaf and seeing for yourself? it tastes more like the flavourant you use instead of beer, but there is a definite “yeasty” flavour. You could try going with a strong flavourant, or using sugar to cut the savoury taste. The beer helps with making the bread rise. Also note that as with baking any home made bread, it doesn’t stay fresh for long (about a day on average), so you probably don’t want to use all the beer at once, unless you plan on inviting your hipster friends back for bread :)

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