Beer bread

This isn’t your regular bread recipe, you don’t add yeast (though I guess there’s yeast in the beer) and there’s no call for proofing, rising, waiting, faffing – all very simple. We borrowed this recipe from the Farm Girl Foodie Blog.

Chocolate Guiness bread batter

Chocolate Guiness bread batter

The Guiness dark chocolate V1 offering was a perfect tea accompaniment, warm with a scraping of butter.  The ease of making it means you could have it made up and in the oven ready to eat within the hour. The adaptation of this bread added to the Farm Girl recipe, the following:

  • 120g mixed nuts
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • two heaped tbsps of sugar
  • two heaped tbsps cocoa powder
  • a can of Guiness

Perfect for those “unexpected guests” (everyone’s seen Nigella express right?) that pop in unannounced each week. We get loads of them down Leyton way.

V2 of this bread was a Mediterranean offering, additions to the basic recipe included:

  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 heaped tbsp dried thyme
  • 150g olives
  • 50g sundried tomatoes
  • 125g feta
  • a generous seasoning of black pepper

Proper savoury wonderment.

In pictures:

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This one Ben would definitely appreciate, especially when made with Real Ale.