Budget Beer Bread (with beery caramelised onions)

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s miserable, we’re all broke and we’ve gotta wait a whole month for chocolate at Easter. I think it’s time for some cheap and tasty comfort food.

Beer Bread

Beer bread is probably one of the easiest things to make. There’s no waiting for dough to rise, no kneading… just plonk the ingredients in the bowl and you’re half way there. If you’ve got some beer on hand that doesn’t use isinglass finnings then it’s vegan too.

What you need:

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 4 ½ tsps of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 12 fl oz of beer
  • a pinch of salt

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 and grease a loaf tin.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir together.
  3. Pour the batter into aforementioned greasy loaf tin.
  4. Stick it in the oven for 45-55 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Leave for 15 minutes before shoving in your facehole.

Beery Caramelised Onions

Caramelised onions aren’t for the inpatient. If you don’t like waiting go grab some from Sainsbury’s. They are, however, far more simple to make than you’d think. The amounts here are a bit more vague because I am far from precise when I make these.

What you need:

  • Onions
  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic
  • A splash of beer

What you do:

  1. Thinly slice the onions. We want them nice and stringy.
  2. Chuck them in a big frying pan on a low heat with a sploosh of olive oil (told you I was gonna be vague).
  3. Leave the onions to soften and slowly start adding a little sugar, balsamic and the beer. You’ll be able to see them gradually looking squishy and delcious.
  4. Cook on the low heat until they’re browned and sticky. This will take some time. I prepared mine whilst my bread was in the oven.

Serve the bread with lashings of butter and a goodly dollop of caramelised onions whilst in front of the TV on a cold evening..

Enjoy!

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