Pyrex National Baking Week

Homemade Family Time
14th - 20th
October 2019

Drunken Policeman (Lager batons)

Cooking time: 
5-10 minutes
Preparation time: 
1-2 hours
  • 400g White Very Strong Bread Flour plus extra for dusting
  • 50g Semolina plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon fast action dried Yeast
  • 250ml lager
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons clear plain honey
  • Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl
  • BacoFoil
  • Pyrex Non Stick Baking Sheet
  1. Gently warm the lager in a saucepan, without letting it boil.
  2. In the meantime, put the flour, semolina, salt and yeast in a large Pyrex bowl. Add the olive oil and honey and then pour in the lager, mixing until it is fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed.
  3. Knead on a floured surface until it is fully smooth and has an elastic texture. Put it back into the Pyrex bowl, cover with oiled BacoFoil and leave in a warm place to rise until it doubles in size. (Approx 1 hour)
  4. Tip the dough out into a lightly floured surface and knock it out, kneading well.
  5. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and then shape each into a Baton of about 30 cm.
  6. Put the batons into a greased Pyrex Non-stick baking sheet, make a hood with oiled BacoFoil and leave to rise again until dough is half as big. (Approx 30 mins)
  7. Pre-heat oven to 220°C
  8. Dust the top with semolina and bake in the oven for approx 8-10minutes until slightly golden.
  9. When picked up and tapped in the bottom, the bread should sound hollow.
  10. Leave to cool slightly in a wire rack, can be eaten warm or kept in a bread bin for a couple of days.

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