This is the first time in a while I’ve made something that has given me a sense of achievement.
I’ve done lots of cake baking for birthdays, thank you gifts and other various occasions… and they’ve been pretty successful, but A.) they weren’t my recipes and B.) I have been slacking once again at meal times! So I’ve been guilt-tripping over that one a bit…
Here I have made a beautiful, light, full of goodness vegetable soup which is easy peasy lemon squeezy. And you might even want a squeeze of lemon in it actually…
Here is the recipe:
Serves 4 (with honey beer bread)
- vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
- 800ml vegetable stock
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- salt and pepper, to season
- 100g green beans
- 100g asparagus tips
- 1 tin artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook over a medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring, until softened.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar and vegetable stock, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for 25 minutes.
- When the soup has been cooking for 15-20 minutes, put a pan of water on to boil and cook the green beans and asparagus for about 5 minutes.
- Drain the veg and add to the soup mixture with the chopped artichoke hearts and thyme. Cook for a minute or so then serve with bread.
It is just the perfect thing for a warm, breezy day like today when you are in the mood to celebrate the good, seasonal produce 🙂
I also chucked in a few slices of courgette as we had a little to use up in the fridge. It was good! Play around with the veggies, they like it.
Now for the accompaniment!
Oh my God.
It is the quickest, easiest, most beautiful bread I have ever made in my life, and if you were worrying about being hungry after a vegetable soup, don’t be – this bread will help you out.
It is quick because there is no need to knead (heh..) and no need to let it rise either. All you do is mix up the ingredients in a special and magical order, put it in a tin and bake! The outside becomes all biscuity thanks to the butter that is poured all over it…
There I go again saying His name in vain. But this bread!!! My mouth is watering and I just ate some!
Recipe uses cups as I was inspired byyyy filingawaycupcakes who I assume is from overseas 🙂
And I am too lazy to convert…
Makes 1 loaf.
- 5 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1.5 cups beer (I used Oxford Gold organic beer)
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 180°c and fetch out a loaf tin. Pour 2 tbsp of the butter on to the bottom of the tin, then brush it all around the sides until it is nicely greased.
- In a (not small, not enormous) mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and give them a whirl so they all have chance to meet each other. Next, add the honey and beer, and give it a good old stir with as big old spoon. Use your hands if any of the dry stuff is stubbornly refusing to mix with the wet stuff.
- Place the dough into your loaf tin, and pour the remaining butter over the top. I LOVE THIS PART!!! Then bake it for approx. 50 minutes, but check on it before you take it out just to make sure it’s done.
Ermagherd! (Which I understand is a popular phrase right now?).
It has just occurred to me that this may not be the best bread to give to children. Simply because having read this post back… you know, I can’t 100% say I haven’t been affected by the beer.
I SO hope you make this!