I saw an idea recently for a Bara Brith made with stout and walnuts, a brief Google episode lead me to ale and cheese bread recipes and I looked no further!
This isn’t a yeasted bread so is very quick to put together, it’s simply a matter of folding wet ingredients into dry. It would make a lovely accompaniment to soup or a Ploughman’s lunch and is absolutely delicious toasted and buttered generously.
For one loaf you need :
200g wholemeal self-raising flour
175g self-raising flour
40g golden caster sugar
150g grated cheddar cheese (extra mature or vintage by preference)
1 ½ tsp mustard powder
1tsp cayenne pepper
350ml ale (I used Gower Power)
30g grated cheddar to scatter over the top of the loaf before baking
Weigh out the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together to combine well. Measure out the ale and add to the mixing bowl, folding gently to bring it all together.
Spoon into a lined 2lb loaf tin and level off the top. Scatter over the 30g of grated cheese.
Bake at 150oC (300oF, gas mark 2) for 50 minutes – until a skewer comes out clean.