You know how sometimes you are left without any bread at the house?
These days we all stay at home, and only go out when it is necessary, for as little time as possible and with all the protection available.
It was nearly two weeks since we went out to purchase food and we were left with no fruits, vegetables or bread.
My friend, Aatef, suggested that I baked bread myself, he even passed me his recipe but I had no yeast at home, only baking powder.
I decided to take advantage of my visit to the supermarket and while buying some bread, to get some yeast, just in case.
So off I go to the super and guess what?
No yeast in the supermarket!
It was all gone! obviously I’m not the only smart person in town but I was definitely a slower one.
While in the supermarket, I remembered my sister Ayelet mentioned she had baked bread out of beer, and since I found no yeast, I thought- what the heck, I’ll get a beer.
Both Tomo and I aren’t alcohol consumers and we never buy any drinks so you can guess the look on hubby’s face when he unpacked the shopping bags. It’s for the bread, I smiled.
Got my sister’s recipe and here I was…
Why not make a post about it?!
The fact that I was about to bake my ever first bread (I love baking cakes, but never before a bread) I thought it was a special occasion to make photos and (if it would come out right) to share it with my friends.
Luckily, Tomo is always so supportive of all my mad ideas, so I have recruited him for the mission, but this time not for his usual job as a photographer…
Tomo got to be the Hands Model this time, so I can take the pictures myself.
You know what is the best thing about Beer Bread?
That you don’t have to wait hours for it to swell. You just mix it and hop!- into the oven.
So here it comes- Beer and Nuts Bread in minutes:
Prepare your ingredients
Set oven to 180ºC (365ºF)
Chop 50-70 Gram of Walnuts into small (but not too small) pieces
Sift 350 Gram of self-raising flower.
If you only have normal flower (like me), add 2.5 teaspoons of baking powder and mix.
Take out your 33 CL beer can, open it and don’t drink it.
Here we go:
Pour the beer into the flower and mix until you get a uniform and slightly lumpy mixture.
Add chopped nuts to the mixture and mix until they disappear into it.
Prepare English-cake mold (brush or spray a bit of oil and then sprinkle some flower).
Transfer the mixure to the mold using a spatula.
Sprinkle some seeds- sunflower, pumpkin sesame, or whichever seeds you like, on top.
Insert into the oven – 40 minutes.
Insert a toothpick in the middle of the bread- if it’s clean when you pull it out – the bread is ready.
Don’t over-bake it!
Separate the bread from the mold while it’s still hot (use heat gloves or towel).
Wait for it to cool a bit.
*My suggestion – cut it and keep the slices you don’t eat immediately in the freezer. When you defrost it, it will be as soft as it was when you first pulled it out of the oven.
If you like- you can use dried tomatoes, raisins, olives or seasoning instead of walnuts (I have no experience whatsoever with those but my sister said so and I believe her).
One last thing
This bread is so surprising- it is not some ok bread, it is a total king!
It is soft and although airy- it is condensed and heavy, you only need one slice to feel full and satisfied and the texture is amazing.
If you wish a less neutral taste (I prefer neutral so I can eat it with both sweet or salty toppings), you can add half teaspoon of salt to the mixture.
In the picture I served it with some Manchego Cheese and Silan (date syrup).. Yammi!