Cider Bread | An Alternative To Beer Bread

During hard lockdown we could not buy alcohol. Dave meant to get beers before this, but he forgot. So, wanting a quick bread and not having beer, I made cider bread.

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We have an excellent consumer protection act in South Africa. However, a lot of retailers have found a way to work around it. The iStore states that you may not return an item if the packaging is open. And they will not open anything in store to make sure you are getting what you paid for. It makes me very reluctant to buy accessories from them. Last week I bought a new back cover for Dave’s phone. The day he came home with his iPhone he dropped it, and the back glass screen shattered. He has been using my cover, which I smashed a few years ago at gym. It has worn so badly that he has cut off the front part. And, he actually prefers it that way. The new cover I chose was a bit sturdier and completely black. Which is what I thought he would like.

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I told the salesperson when I was paying that the box was open when I took it off the shelf. And she said it would not be an issue. I gave it to Dave when he got home and he thought it was too bulky. And I knew taking it back and asking for a credit might be an issue. But the day afterwards I was at Canal Walk, and decided to take a chance and see if they would refund me. And without any hassles they did. What a change from the attitude and service I have experienced in the past from Somerset Mall. The sales person was friendly. polite, and efficient. It would make spending money a pleasure if all staff could be so courteous. Do you have a good consumer protection act in your country, if you are not South African?

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Cider Bread

I used a dry cider for this loaf as it is what I had at home
Recipe Category: Bread
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 500 g bread flour
  • 15 g fine salt
  • 20 g baking powder
  • 20 mls mixed herbs or spices
  • 330 mls cider
  • oil for greasing
  • 1 egg white, whisked, for glazing


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Place the flour, salt, baking powder and flavourings into a mixing bowl
  • Whisk to combine, make a well in the centre and pour in the cider
  • Make a dough using your hands and gently knead to combine
  • Shape into a ball and place into a lightly oiled baking tin
  • Brush the top with the egg white and bake for 55 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, tip out of the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing
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To a life well lived in 2020!

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