Farmers Bread

Since blogs are a little indulgent, I’m going to share this with you. There’s nothing special about it, no major recipe, no major technique, and it’s certainly nothing fancy. But sometimes that’s just what we need. Here is a loaf of bread that took about one hour to make, from the moment I opened the packet of flour to the time I picked up a bread knife to cut the first slice.

I am not a baker so I’m not sure of the terminology, but the first thing that will strike you about this bread is its heaviness. You could probably knock someone out with it. But when it’s fresh out the oven and you slather some butter onto it, sprinkle a little maldon salt (add some sliced tomato if you like), it tastes like heaven. It reminds me so much of the kind of bread you would find at a farm house in South Africa, served first thing in the morning, maybe lightly toasted with marmite or apricot jam and a cup of tea.

The recipe comes from my current favourite cookbook called South Africa Eats by Phillippa Cheifitz . I cannot get enough of this book. But more on that later….

Here is the recipe:

1lb / 500g  stoneground wholewheat  flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 can or bottle of beer – about 330ml – 340ml (I used Blue Moon but you can use anything, really)

Preheat the oven to 400F / 200C.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a suitable bowl.
Add the beer and knead lightly until just combined.
Place in a buttered loaf pan which has been lined with parchment.
Even out the dough to fit the pan, and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
Once the bread is cooked (it will smell wonderful) pull it out and cover with a tea towel for 10 minutes.
Then remove the bread from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.

It’s as simple as that….it honestly could not be easier!

Cut into it as soon as you like; it’s really good when it’s still warm. Butter, salt and whatever else you’d like to put on top. Tomato, cheese, ham, some smoked trout. It’s all so good!

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6 thoughts on “Farmers Bread

  1. Sounds like cool easy bread and I like experimenting. But beer does come in all sorts of cans and bottles so how much beer is good ?

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