A few days ago, my friend and I were discussing what to do on the weekend and the topic came to camping. She said that when she went camping with her family and friends, they always used to make beer bread around the campfire.
A Beer bread is a quick and simple bread that uses only three main ingredients, Sugar, beer and flour. The yeast in the beer helps to turn the sugars in the flour into carbon dioxide and alcohol. In the baking process, the alcohol is then evaporated. Using Self-raising flour is good choice of flour as it is a mixture of both flour and a leavening agent so no additional leavening agent is needed.
That got me thinking, two of my most favorite things to enjoy I can now make into one! So over the weekend I decided to make a beer bread of my own, using my favorite beer, a good old Black Label, and try it out! I must say, it is one the easiest breads to make, its as simply and 1,2,3! Here’s how to make it..
500g Self raising flour
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and spray your baking pan ( 25 X 13 X 5.5cm ) with spray and cook.
2. Mix your flour and salt well
3. Add your beer and mix till well combined
4. Add to your baking pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until it is golden colour. You can also test it with a cake tester or knife to make sure that the knife comes out clean, then it will be cooked.
*TIP: You can make your own self-raising by adding 1teaspoon baking powder to 100g plain flour
And its as simply as that! You can play around with the recipe if you want, by adding dried herbs or other flavourings to the bread. The type of beers also gives a unique flavour for example; a stout or dark beer will give you a darker bread with more flavour. Your bread should be eaten straight away and can last for up to two to three days.
Ways you can store your bread are simple. You can either freeze it, wrapping it tightly in plastic, which keeps it covered and also helps slicing when frozen as the plastic keeps the bread together. Another way is to store it in the fridge. The temperature in your fridge will be low which helps to delay any molds from forming, although not everybody likes to use this method. Another way is to place it in a paper bag and then wrap it in another plastic bag. This can help keep some of the moisture out. When reheating your bread placing it in a preheated oven for a few minutes helps draw out moisture and then should be eaten immediately.
I hope you have as much fun with this easy recipe as I did.
And that’s just my opinion…