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Date and Walnut Beer Bread



Of late, you must have noticed that I've quite a number of  'booze' posts in my blog.  Well, I was doing some cleaning up of my fridge not long ago and stumbled upon some cans of beer and stout lying idle in the cool comfort of the fridge.  Being a naive teetotaller I didn't realise that these booze do expire just like other foodstuff until I turned them over while rearranging them.  Gosh, they're going to expire in two months time and what am I going to do with them!  Fret not, I told myself, surf the net and that's exactly what I did ..........











This beer bread tastes somewhat between a cake and a bread.  When eaten fresh, it was soft, delicious with the crispy crust and no distinctive taste of beer at all.  Guess the alcohol content had all evaporated during the process of baking.

Recipe for Date and Walnut Beer Bread (I doubled the recipe to make 2 loaves)

    Ingredients
    • 12 oz self-raising flour OR 12 oz plain flour + 3 tsp baking powder sifted together.
    • 3 Tbsp caster sugar
    • 4 oz butter, melted
    • 1 can/320 ml beer
    • 1/4  tsp salt
    • 60 gm dates, pitted and roughly chopped
    • 60 gm walnuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
    Method
    1.  Melt the butter, let cool.
    2.  Sift the flour with salt into a large mixing bowl. Add in the sugar and mix well.
    3.  Pour in the beer, mix well.  Add in the melted butter and mix till well combined.
    4.  Stir in the dates and walnuts, mix till just combined.
    5.  Pour the batter into a 9 x 5 x 3 inch lightly greased and floured loaf pan.
    6.  Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 45 mins. till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
    7. Let bread cool in pan for about 10 mins. before unmoulding and letting it cool completely on a wire rack.
Note :  Heat up any leftovers and serve with butter & jam or have them plain.



 
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Comments

  1. A great looking quick bread. I love the combo of dates and walnuts in this harvest bread.

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  2. It's fascinating to use beer to bake bread :)

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  3. ha ha yes I was wondering how come lately you have been posting recipes of beer and guiness... another interesting beer bread that looks delicious!

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  4. That loaf of bread looks really moist! I have always wanted to try baking with beer too but somehow never got round to doing it! I should try it soon!

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  5. This beer bread looks great. I've never tried to use beer for baking. Must try one day.

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  6. My daughter turned me onto beer bread. It's a terrific use for beers that you buy and don't like. I love your twist with walnuts and dates!

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    1. Thank you, I had to think of ways to use up the beer, somehow!

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  7. i love the last picture, me too nvr baked with beer before. But really interesting to see this. you dont drink beer?

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  8. A lovely simple recipe and perfect for what I want right now, however I notice you do not specify what to do with the sugar. I'm assuming it is mixed in with the flour & salt - at least that's what I did.

    Salian

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    1. Oops, thanks for the alert. The sugar is mixed in together with the flour and salt.

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