When it comes down to the basic pleasures of food few things can beat fresh bread covered in butter. Simplistic yet divine. We all love good fresh bread and this recipe really couldn’t be easier as it uses self-raising flour as its base ingredient. No need to get yeast activated or to even let it prove, fresh bread in less than an hour and with a beery flavour it doesn’t get any finer. Use any of your favourite beer as the main liquid, here we used a Redwillow Shameless IPA for a subtle hoppy character.
This recipe couldn’t be simpler if we tried. You could change the cheddar out for your favourite variety like a stilton. Try different beers and make your own speciality breads.
- 600g self-raising flour
- 450ml good beer (Redwillow Shameless IPA was used with ours)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 50g grated cheddar (about a large handful)
- Melted butter or olive oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
- Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine.
- Add the beer a little at a time and bring together into a dough. You may not need all the beer depending on how the flour absorbs it. This gives you a little to reward yourself whilst it bakes at least!
- Knead the dough briefly for about 4-5 mins getting everything mixed in together.
- Place into a loaf tin or onto a baking sheet, drizzle over the melted butter or oil and place in the centre of your oven.
- Relax for 45-50 mins and then retrieve your fresh beer bread from the oven. Place on a cooling rack and resist the urge to dive straight in.
- Serve slightly warm with so much butter it looks like slices of cheese!