We find ourselves back in lockdown again, which usually means the supermarkets run out of flour because everyone finds their love for baking again! If you happen to have flour at home, you have to try this delicious but straightforward beer bread recipe, tasted and approved by Thurl himself.

This is what Thurl has to say about his lockdown loaf recipe “Firstly, I have to say I’m not a beer drinker. Maybe on a social occasion but as a rule, not my bag. (Don’t get me started on the homebrew preferences) But with so many great IPA beers on the market- why waste the opportunity not to try them in cooking!! Beer damper beer is also fun to make, easy to prepare and, well, fun to eat.  (After that run and gym session, naturally). If you can’t get a fancy IPA, you can use a simple beer that is accessible like Tui, which is quite sweet and does the bread a treat.”

To start, get a Le Creuset pot (one of those 26 cm sized ones), it can be any pot as long as it is oven-proof.

 Ingredients:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • A handful of tasty cheese (for the topping)
  • 50gm, or three tablespoons of butter
  • Approx 2 cups of beer

 Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (not the cheese) directly into the same pot you will eventually cook the bread.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles fine bread crumbs, don’t overdo this.
  4. Then mix in the beer. You are trying to get to a slightly sticky mix. Make into a ball and then lift out of the pot, sprinkle some more flour on the bottom, place back in the pot, and leave for 10/15 mins.
  5. Finally, sprinkle the cheese on the top, and you are there for the mixing.
  6. Put the lid of your pot on and place in the oven.
  7. Cook for about 40/45 mins but check on the 40-minute mark for good measure.
  8. When cooked, the damper is quite crumbly and fragile, so it will need to cool just a little to cut.  When it cools, you also find that the whipped cream and jam hold on better……but good old-fashioned lashings of butter and Marmite also nails it.

We hope you try this recipe out if you do give it a go make sure to share an image on social media and tag us!