Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cider bread? Really? - Charity Challenge DAY 6

Having next to no food in the house is bringing out my creative (desperate?) side.  I need to think a lot harder to stretch my Charity Challenge supplies and keep everyone happy. 
I had a rummage through some of my favourite old recipes and found this one, which is a cracker!

Guinness and Irish Cheddar easy loaf

250ml Guinness
350g self raising flour, sifted
60g caster sugar
100g strong Irish cheddar, grated
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)
2 tbsp butter, melted
(180 degrees C, gas mark 4)

Now, I have no Guinness, no cheddar of any nationality and no pumpkin seeds.  But I do have half a bottle of cider that's been in the fridge for ages.  

So I have an idea.  
It is the easiest recipe. You just mix everything together (a part from the melted butter) Spoon the dough into a buttered loaf or 8" round tin - and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes. No kneading needed. 
All that's in mine is cider, self-raising flour and sugar.....

Bake for 35 mins, then drizzle the butter over the top and pop it back in the oven for another 10 mins, until it sounds hollow when you tap it.

I think the cider was probably a bit flat, but the bread is surprisingly good.  It's quite sweet, but some cheese would probably balance that out.  

We finished off the other large loaf at lunch time with child-friendly lentil soup (no chilli powder!)  I'd sliced the bread into toaster-size pieces and put them in a bag in the freezer.

Two homemade mozarella pizzas and a garlic invention for tea - voted the best meal yet!
Must try and make them more often.

Just a day to go....and a tin of baked beans in the cupboard...   

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