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Xmas fruity walnut beer bread
Xmas fruity walnut beer bread
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Recipe taken from Channel 4's River Cottage: Three Go Mad Christmas special

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Prep time
  • 20 mins
Cook Time
  • 1 hr 30 mins
  • 1 loaf
  • 350g white self raising flour, plus extra to dust
  • 150g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 handfuls raisins and/or sultanas
  • 1 handful walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 500ml beer or lager
  • butter to grease
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Preheat an oven to 180C

Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt and sugar. Stir in the raisins/sultanas and the walnuts until well combined. Open the beer and pour into the bowl, mixing as you pour until all the beer has mixed into the flour.

Grease the sides and base of a 2lb (900g) loaf tin. Dust in flour and shake out any excess.

Pour the batter into the loaf tin (the batter will be alarmingly loose, this is correct!) and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 1 and a half hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Once cooked remove from the tin and transfer to a wire rack for cooling. This can be eaten warm or cold and will last a couple of days in a sealed container. Ideal to eat with cheese.

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great and easy recipe...ive made this several times now with no fruit just beer. so far with Becks,Carlsberg Export,Keo,Spitfire and most recent Newcastle Brown Ale, amazing!

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great recipe but is it possible to replace the beer with something else e.g. yeast or something? also would stem ginger work with this?

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I love this recipe, so easy and tastes amazing. After my first attempt I made a few small changes by using 175g of Fruit, 75g of walnuts, and lowering the salt content to 1 1/4 tsps.
As you recommended that it goes well with cheese, I decided as I like cream cheese I would try it with some Philadelphia, by accident I picked up 'Grilled Pepper Philadelphia Light' it is amazing, please try it with this, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
As I type this a fresh loaf is baking in the oven for my husband to take to the Fire Station tonight as a treat for the boys during their nightshift. :-)

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I made this for the first time last night and it came out really well. Followed the recipe to the letter apart from using all white flour as I didn't have any wholemeal.I always use an oven thermometer too which really helps with general baking.Next time I'm going to tweek the recipe to include chives as I think that might go quite nicely with goats cheese.

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Made this loaf in a great hurry this morning, without nuts & sultanas , added water to make up extra liquid as bottle of beer I opened was not 500ml . It worked a treat and really impressed our nephew the bread maker in the family.
( and me too !) Ideal receipt for whoops haven't got enough bread or time and I'm making brunch for 13 today.

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I made this loaf, and just used white sr flour, and was really impressed at how easy it was, im thinking of trying it just plain and if it works think my bread maker might be going to the back of a cupboard

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I would like to try this but I don't like beer - any ideas of what liquid I can use instead, beside water?

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...just baked this little beauty, but used Country Grain bread Flour instead of Wholemeal SR as we couldn't find any! Cooked for 1 hr 50 mins, but still a bit stodgy in the middle, poss oven problems or was it the alternative flour?

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I made this tonight in about 10 minutes and it was soooooooooooooooo easy.

I love baking but I only ever make cupcakes on a basic 4, 4, 4, 2 recipe... I have NEVER made bread or dough before so when I saw this episode I thought I would give it a try.

I didn't have any brown or wholemeal flour so I used 500gm of White SR flour.

Neither me or my husband drink so we didn't have aany posh beers or bitters but we had some small bottles of Becks Vier in ready for Christmas Guests.

I followed these instructions rather than the slight differences Hugh said on the show.

It was a great sucess!!!

It is quite a dence loaf but fresh with a little butter on it was delcious... and I can imagine in a few days when it is less fresh it will still make amazing toast! I also think I may have had mine too close to the tp of the oven as I took it out about 10 minutes early and the edges had already caught.

I will absolutely be making some on Boxing day (whn the shops are closed) to go with my leftover Gammon Broth.

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please can you make a file up from your great racipes

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