Summer, its the time of picnics, long lunches in the sun and staying out of a hot kitchen for as long as possible. When its hot and the sun is shining you want food that takes little effort and can be enjoyed al fresco or in a picnic. I look for any excuse to have a picnic on the common and having yummy food to bring along is even better.
Last week I went to a fabulous evening of Jazz at Fulham Palace, it was beautiful. Jazz in the background as we sat in the gardens of this historic house and enjoying the wonderful company of friends. It was an uber picnic affair, some people were taking it very seriously. We of course took the Pimms very seriously, but a few home made treats did make it including this delicious black pepper and parmesan beer bread which just goes so well with slightly warm camembert!
This little loaf slices perfectly, is a great picnic staple.
This recipe comes from the fabulous ladies at Spoon Fork Bacon, one of my favourite blogs!
485g Plain Flour
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
385ml beer ( get a good one full of flavour)
115g melted unsalted butter
zest of 1 lemon (optional0
85g grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees, lightly grease the loaf pan and set aside.
2. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt ina mixing bowl and whisk together. Create a small well in the flour mixture and add the beer, half the melted butter, lemon zest, parmesan and black pepper. Stir together until the dough just comes together. Do not over mix it!
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Pour the remaining butter over the top and bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour 10mins, or until a scewer comes out clean.
4. Remove the load from the tin and allow it to cool until warm to the touch before slicing. Serve with butter or eat plain.