Few things evoke a sense of belonging as much as the smell of freshly baked bread. The aroma fills the whole house and upon entering the kitchen one cannot help but sample the warm loaf of bread. The pleasure derived from that first bite is indescribable.
Unfortunately most of us do not have the luxury of time for baking bread, and often end up with store-bought bread that are filled with so much preservatives it keeps “fresh” for up to a week.
Beer bread is the answer. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare (excluding baking time), and it is so good, it only takes about 10 minutes to gobble it up (as in the whole loaf). I made it twice the past week. It’s that good.
Inspired by Alida Ryder’s Cheese and Herb Beer Bread
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
340ml beer of your choice (I used Windhoek Draught)
Handful of grated cheddar
3 teaspoons thyme
- Pre-heat the oven to 170°c and grease a smallish baking tin well.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add the cheese and thyme. Pour in the beer and mix until just combined.
- Bake for 50 minutes until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
- Serve with lots of butter and homemade jam.