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Battered Cod and Chips with Wadworth 6X Gold*

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Crickey! It's been a while since I've posted in this little gluten free corner of the internet. James and I have been juggling him leaving uni with us working on our usual personal business projects and setting up our first joint business, so free time has been few and far between! But Hopefully I will be back in more of routine soon, as I miss blogging an awful lot!



Cooking from scratch has been on the back burner too, so to ease me in gently I decided to batter some cod using a batter I made from Wadworth 6X Gold pale ale. I was very kindly sent a few bottles of this beer to try in various ways. I have never really been a beer drinker as such, but I do enjoy using it as a component in cooking.

6X gold is Wadworth's gluten free offering to their range, which has been certified by Coeliac UK. These bottles are 500ml so are the largest bottles I've seen for gluten free as most are lager sized bottles. Although I am not a fan of beer straight from the bottle, I could appreciate that this one had a beautiful flavour, quite fresh and zesty I felt.

To make the batter I simply start with half a cup of Doves Farm plain flour and add the beer bit by bit and whisk together. I tend to make it a quite thick consistency so it covers the fish lightly but doesn't slip off! I find I don't particularly have measurements to make batter. I just add beer and flour as needed to get a consistency I feel is right. Once I have achieved this I always add a good amount of pepper, you could alway add salt and other seasonings. The great thing about batter is you can make it so different each time just by using a few herbs!

I then submerge my cod fillets in the batter and pop them straight into a hot pan of oil. I let them fry on one side for a few minutes before flipping. You could use a deep fat fryer but I do not cook with oil often so a frying pan works just fine. As a rule of thumb, for every inch thickness of fish they will need to be fried for about 10 minutes. I picked some thin fillets so they only took a couple of minutes.

I then served these with oven chips for speed and some mushy peas!

This ale worked so well for this recipe and the beer flavour was certainly present in the batter. They turned out to be beautifully coated and fried and we will definitely use this ale for batter again as it was light and crisp and cooked easily and evenly without any effort. Of course you can have more batter on your fish but when I make fish at home I prefer it to be more of a dusting of batter as I feel a lot of batter doesn't fry as well in a pan. It needs to be deep fried with more batter otherwise it can become a bit oily and stodgy!

I would love to know if you have any ale recipes! I think I am going to try making a steak and ale pie next time!

Hannah x

*This product was sent to me to try, all recipe ideas and opinions are my own 


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