I get inspired by food literally all the time, everywhere and in the oddest of places, social media platforms being no exception. So when well known radio personality @IanFSA tweeted this basil beer bread recipe the other day, along with his hand drawn picture instructions, I knew – once I stopped giggling – that this was something I wanted to try.
Easy bread + beer + fresh basil = a fabulous idea.
I thought I’d knock this up before the tennis on Sunday, it literally has 5 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make.
Some of Ian’s instructions weren’t crystal clear – like the amount of sugar and volume of beer – but I went for a tablespoon of the former and 33oml (standard beer volume) for the latter and this worked out just perfectly.
I used quite a bitter beer which gave the bread a slight bitter taste, so my suggestion is to go with a sweeter less bitter option, like Castle or Castle light. Or if there are any beer aficionados reading this, please make your suggestions known in the comments below.
Recipe | makes one smallish loaf
- 3 cups self raising flour
- bunch of basil, chopped (about 25 – 30g)
- pinch of salt (free flowing table salt is better)
- 1T brown sugar
- 330ml room temperature beer
Pre heat the oven to 180 c / 350 F.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and form a dough.
Put the dough in a greased or lined bread tin (I used a 23 x 12 cm tin), and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. To test if it is done, pierce a skewer or sharp knife in the thickest part and if it comes out clean, its ready.
I find that bread that has been made with cake flour is best consumed straight out the oven, warm with butter melting into it.
* PS ` I must be one of the last people in the world to have hooked into Instagram, but now that I have an iPhone I simply love it. I post pictures of the food I eat, style or shoot, and I love to show off how beautiful my home town of Cape Town is.
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