If we have any bakers out there i have made a bread made with beer. probably been done before but i tried this and it made a lovely loaf.
500g strong flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter
bottle of beer.
the important thing abou this is that i used my own brew that still had some live yeast in it. i mixed a little of the beer with some flour (a 50/50 ratio) and left over night. you should notice that the yeast has reactivated and started to digest the flour. add a touch more flour and more beer/water if it becomes to solid. leave over night once more. if your gooey mess is creating alot of bubbles then its ready. use a good heaped tablespoon of this instead of yeast.
so back to the recipe.
mix the flour and salt, then add the beer/yeasty/floury gooey mix. then add beer instead of the usual water. mix until a soft dough is formed. knead the bread well for about 15 mins or untill silky.
leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour. knock back the dough (lightly knead it for a bit) then shape into desired form. i used a loaf tin but any bread shape will do, buns, plait etc. put back into prove for another hour. while it is proving preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (i dont know farenheight sorry) when you take the loaf out of proving add a deep tray with about 2-3 cups of water to the bottom of the oven. then add your bread on a rack above it. the water should help stop the crust from going rock solid by creating steam in the oven.
remove bread after about 30 mins or untill golden and the bread sounds hollow when tapped from the bottom. if not bake for a bit longer.
i really enjoyed my loaf with had a slight malty taste with a beery aroma. makes a mean beef sandwhich. the beer i used was a simple golden ale. not too hoppy, not too malty. but i certainly will be experimenting with any new brews i make. making a stout next which could make some interesting bread.
hope you enjoy!