For Christmas I was bought the Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cooking book. As I had seen some of the episodes on TV I was really excited to see how they would work at home.

One of my New Year resolutions was to make more basics like bread, so in preparation for the beer bread recipe, I went to my local supermarket and bought some beer. Brains have recently brought out a new range of craft beers, which I hadn’t tried and them being my favourite brewery and me loving craft beers, it was the first item in my trolley. I probably should have checked the cupboard before going to the shop for the other ingredients, but we just about managed with what we had.

This is probably the easiest recipe in the world to make, as it only contained three recipes, one of which was salt!

250g white self-raising flour (original recipe 175g white and 75g of wholemeal)
300ml of Barry Island IPA beer
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C and dust your tins with a little flour.
In the book we are supposed to use small individual bread tins, which I do not own, and so just used a muffin tray instead.

Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together to form a runny batter.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the tin and put in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush over a little milk and return to the oven for 5 minutes to brown off.

Ensure that the centre of the bread is fully cooked by inserting a a skewer into the middle of the roll, which if clean from crumbs is cooked.

spooning-bread-mixtureI would probably use a different tin ,as they were very rustic looking, but as with any food the real test is how they taste.

fresh-bread-rollsfresh-bread-butterHaving helped with making the bread, my son was eager to be the first to taste the bread, so ripped open the warm roll and covered it in cold butter.

spreading-butter-on-breadGordon Ramsay – Ultimate Home Cooking

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