Courtesy of Gordon Ramsay
I just happened to turn the tv on yesterday afternoon and caught 5 minutes of Gordon Ramsay making Beer Bread to go with a Ploughmans Salad. I have to say that I wasn’t convinced it would be that easy. My abiding memory of bread making stems from when I was at school and the bread rolls that I made weren’t even fit for the birds!!!!!
So, I thought I’d give it a try. Well it gave me an excuse to pop to Lakeland in my lunch break as well…….
BEER BREAD (courtesy of Gordon Ramsay)
MAKES 8 MINI LOAVES
butter, for greasing
175g (6oz) self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
75g (3oz) wholemeal self-raising flour. (Struggled to find this so used Tesco Strong Brown Flour)
1⁄2 tbsp flaked sea salt, eg Maldon
250ml (9fl oz) beer or lager
1–2 tbsp milk
❶ Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Gordon says to ‘Grease 8 mini loaf tins measuring 4.5cm x 7.5cm x 3cm (approx 13⁄4 in x 3in x 11⁄4 in), then dust with flour and shake out any excess’. I used a 1lb loaf tin and a round pie dish and an oval pie dish in the name of experimentation!!
❷ Sift the flours into a mixing bowl and add the salt. Pour in the beer, mixing as you do so, until the mixture is free of lumps. The batter will appear unusually runny for a bread mix.
❸ Divide the batter between the prepared tins, filling them three-quarters full. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Brush the tops with a little milk and a light dusting of flour (to help the tops colour nicely) and bake for a further 5 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
❹ Remove the loaves from the tins and cool on a wire rack. They can be eaten warm or cold and will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container.
And I’m rather impressed. The whole process took less than an hour from start to finish, the bread is tasty and, for the times when you run out of bread (on a Sunday night and have no bread for sandwiches on Monday!!!!!) it’s a really easy and useful standby……..or possibly to go with soup on a weekend lunchtime??