It is the first day of spring and it is snowing outside, so no better excuse than to make some bread and drink some good beer. The bread recipe came from Jeffrey Hamelman’s book Bread. It is an bread made with rolled oats and whole wheat flour, with a little honey, milk, and oil. It is the first time I have tried this recipe, but it is bread so how bad could it be?
The beer is a simple English bitter that checks in at about 4% ABV, pleasant to drink but very sessionable. The recipe was a little bit of a cupboard clearer – a little brown malt and crystal malt on top of a load of English malt (Golden Promise and Maris Otter malt). Also a little flaked wheat just because. I used UK Goldings for bitterness and finished with some homegrown Fuggles. The yeast was Wyeast’s West Yorkshire variety, which makes for a very enjoyable English Bitter.