Wednesday, 1 February 2017


     New month, new beginnings. This year I seem to be a master in those. This year started extremely well, as I took a trip back home, where I met my friends again and was nurtured by my family. During January I've been reading a lot of books, studying a foreign language and being less anxious about food and life in general. Now, February is here ad I cannot wait to see what is ahead of me. I booked another ticket to Paris this March, where I will meet my dad (he will come from Greece) and we will explore Paris again like we used to do when I was a teenager. I missed that so much! Plus, my dad is the only person who completely understand my utter fascination with this city and everything it offers.
     Other than daydreaming of Paris (which I should stop), I made the perfect recipe for a cold night in with some friends coming over. On the last day of January, the weather decided to change a bit from being freaking cold to being freaking wet. That meant...staying inside, because you could not get out without getting soaking wet. So, what better that to make something comforting to eat, right?
     The idea for this recipe was inspired and sponsored by greek brewing company, Amstel as part of this year's food blog awards hosted by culinary magazine Vima Gourmet in Greece. This savoury beer bread seems more like something your brother, boyfriend or guy friends would only eat, since it contains a whole can of beer. But it can be just as good for everyone, expect children and pregnant women. The ham, garlic and authentic swiss cheese really go well with beer as you will realise when you taste this bread. It comes out asa very soft yet thick bread that leaves a slight taste of good quality beer on the mouth when you eat it. My suggestion? Since it's winter and you'd rather stay inside, invited some friends over and start baking!

Garlic, Ham and Swiss cheese Beer Bread (sponsored by Amstel Beer)

ingredients (for one loaf)

3 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 garlic gloves
1 cup ham chopped
1 cup swiss cheese + extra for topping
1 can of Almstel beer (330ml)
olive oil
2 tablespoons of melted butter

How do I make it?

1. Put a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a medium pan and sautee in medium heat the garlic with the ham until golden brown. Put pan aside.
2. In a large bowl shift your flour cup by cup. Add the sugar, salt and baking powder to the bowl. Make a whole inside the bowl and put in the sauteed ham and the cup of cheese. 
3. Pour in the entire can of beer. With a big wooden spoon start mixing everything together until you get a soft dough. 
4. Graise one loaf pan with one tablespoon of butter. Set your oven to 180 C. Transfer the dough carefully to the graised load pan and make sure it fills the pan evenly. Pour the second tablespoon of butter on top of the loaf.
5. Bake your bread for 35 minutes or until lightly golden. If you want to add some extra cheese on top, after your bread has been baked for 25 minutes, open the oven, carefully taking the pan out and add some cheese on top. Then transfer again in the oven to bake for the remaining time.

If you liked this recipe and enjoy reading my blog, you can vote for me for "Best Cooking" blog in this year's Food Blog Awards hosted by Vima Gourmet. 
Εάν σας άρεσε αυτή η συνταγή και σας αρέσει να διαβάζετε το μπλογκ μου, μπορείτε να με ψηφίσετε στην κατηγορία "Best Cooking"  στα φετινά Food Blog Awards που διοργανώνονται από το περιοδικό ΒΗΜΑ Gourmet.

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