Monday, March 19, 2012

Beer vs Milk

We don't have 2 1/2 men in our house but only 1 1/2 men... LOL!

I always like to associate men with beers and it seems to me that drinking beer is a MAN-ly thing to do for most occasions. I realised that there is a recent trend that many of my food blogging friends like to use beers for their cooking and baking especially during this St Patrick's Day season... Chelsea from A Duck's Oven baked Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Beer Berry Muffins. Mary from Inside a British Mum's Kitchen made Beef Stew with Beer and Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet made Sweet Potato with Guinness Syrup. I would like to use beer for my baking too and here I am baking this loaf of Beer Bread.

In order to please both of my 1 1/2 men, I'm baking a Beer Bread for my full numbered man and a Milk Bread for my half-sized man. Both breads use muscovado sugar for extra flavours. We really love the contrasting flavours of both breads, the beer one has more robust flavours like a tough man while the other one is soft and fluffy just like a "baby". It was fun for me baking these breads to suit the tastes of two very different men in my house...

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Making the Beer Bread...
Making the Milk Bread

Here are the recipes both from the book, Bread Machine Easy by Sara Lewis
(with my modification in blue)

Milk and muscovado bread

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Make one 750g loaf:
275ml water
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 tsp salt
475g bread flour
2 tsp light muscovado sugar
1 1/4 tsp fast action dried yeast

Beer and Brown Sugar Bread

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Make one 750g loaf:
300ml pale beer or lager
2 tbsp sunflower oil (replaced with canola oil)
1 tsp salt
100g rye flour
375g strong granary flour (I've added gluten flour to strengthen my flour, see my note*)
2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
1 1/4 tsp fast action dried yeast

To finish each of both loaves:
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp poppy seed

Lift the bread pan, out of the bread machine and fit the kneader blade. Add the liquid ingredients, butter (milk bread only) and salt. Spoon in the flour, make dip in the center and add the sugar and yeast.

Insert the pan into the bread machine, shut the lid and set to 750g loaf on a basic white setting (for milk bread) or wholewheat setting (for beer bread) with the preferred crust setting. Press Start.

For the beer bread: just before baking begins, brush top of the bread with milk and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Gently and quickly shut the lid and continue the programme.

At the end of programme, lift the pan out of the machine using oven gloves. Loosen the bread with a plastic spatula, turn it out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

Note:

Using 2/3 of the recipe, I've made each loaf using a 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan. I placed all the ingredients into the bread machine and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough.

At the end of programme, the bread dough is removed, shaped and further proved for 50-60 min. Both loaves were baked at 160°C fan forced for 40 min.

*To create a "stronger" wholemeal flour, I've added 25g of gluten flour into 330g of my wholemeal flour.

Happy Baking

22 comments:

  1. I love baking with beer! This bread looks fantastic!!

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  2. Both your bread looks wonderful! I have yet to try baking with beer! Both breads would make lovely sandwich breads!

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  3. A fab post Zoe. Totally going to try these

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  4. I've heard of beer bread but have never been too keen on making any since I wasn't sure if the taste of beer is prominent after baking. Is it? My family aren't beer drinkers and whenever friends visit, they know to bring their own supply but some don't get finished and end up sitting on my shelves. Now I'm wondering if I could put them to good use instead. These look beautiful, Zoe, the crumb and the crust is just perfect for both.

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  5. Baking bread with beer was an item I long awaited to try. Your 1 1/2 men very lucky.

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  6. You should open a bakery,dear!Everything here looks amazing!xxx

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  7. Both look delicious! It's hard to choose I am sure:)

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  8. These are a sight to admire! I love the art of making bread and these two are just beautiful!
    Rita

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  9. That's so funny - both breads look wonderful - I find beer really tenderizers whatever it's cooking!
    Mary x

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  10. It's perfect, Zoe! I would love to have a slice of this bread :) And my Hubs too! Thank you so much for this post. Hugs!!

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  11. Thanks for including me in this post! :) Cooking with beer is so much fun. I love the side by side comparisons of the milk bread vs. the beer bread- awesome! Both sound so fantastic.

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  12. i've never heard of beer in bread making..i wonder how the taste like..so did your 'full man' like the beer in bread? i like the colour of your beer bread!

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  13. what a cute idea! beer for the man and milk for the kids. and two delicious kinds of bread! i cooked for st. patrick's, but i haven't blogged about it yet :p i'm so far behind!

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  14. Hi Zoe! The only thing I have cooked with beer is my beer braised chicken tacos. Those were a huge success. I have seen all of these Guinness cakes out there that look amazing. I am thinking that I might give one a try. Both of these breads look delish and I really can't tell a difference between the two. Which did you prefer?

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    1. Hi Jacquelyn, Being not a beer person, I prefer the milk bread but the beer bread is really different from most usual bread because of its extra flavours. I like the idea of your beer braised chicken tacos and I think my husband will love to eat this.

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  15. I have heard of beer with many many things but to make a bread out of it must be the first, LOL, although I don't see why not since there's yeast in both...hehehe:D
    Nice looking bread, I am sure your man must be pleased, yeah?;)
    I am with you on associating beer with men! Especially those a little rough, belly scratching and guffawing on the couch with a bottle in the hand...haha!:D

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  16. I never make my bread using beer,sounds exciting to me and I should try out soon XD

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  17. What a fun comparison! I don't like the taste of beer, but I don't mind beer bread. Is that weird? (Glad I could join the blog hop!)

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  18. both breads look fantastic! and both sound delicious! i'd love a piece of each to try :)

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  19. oooooh I'm fascinated by the side by side comparison! so how how did the flavour/ texture differ in the end??

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  20. Hi Shu Han,

    Both breads are very different in texture and flavour and I think this is mainly due to the different types of flour used. We can smell and taste the beer in the beer bread and very rustic in texture. The milk bread is like most basic white bread, just white, fluffy and delicious. Both are nice and nice in their own way :D

    Zoe

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  21. I can only imagine how great your house smells!! wonderful loaves of bread!
    Mary x

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