Beer Batter Fish and Chips

New Years Day! Obviously this New Years celebrations were very different for everyone, no big gatherings but we still managed to enjoy it together. Food is a huge focus for us when it’s an occasion, and we do love our roast dinners… but this year we went for a new favourite that we’ve recently perfected. We both adore fish, so doing our own Beer Battered fish was a game changer.

This is such a simple recipe, with items you almost definitely have in your pantry. So quick, so easy, and most important so much fun to make. We also made our own skin on chips and they were honestly the best fries I’ve had! Being in the kitchen together is so great and it really builds a connection between people, it’s very special.

In order for the timings to fit in with each other, it works best if you get started on the batter first, so it can rest in the fridge whilst you make the chips.

FOR THE BATTER

INGREDIENTS :

  • 9 tbsp plain flour (you can also use self raising flour)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • A bottle of beer

METHOD:

  1. Put the flour into a medium bowl and whisk lightly to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Add in the oil and light incorporate.
  3. Begin adding the beer, little by little, and mix as you go. The end batter should be fairly runny but still have some texture.
  4. Once all combined and you have a silky batter, place in the fridge until ready to use.

FOR THE CHIPS.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large potatoes – we use Maris piper.
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • Oil to cook in
  • 20g butter, cut into small chunks

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Cut your potatoes into your desired chip shape and place into a saucepan, washing off the starch is optional.
  3. Add just enough hot water to the saucepan with a little salt and bring to the boil, and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Ensure they DO NOT break apart easily.
  4. Place a good amount of oil into your baking tray and place in the oven to get hot.
  5. Once the oil is hot remove from the oven and carefully put your potato chips into the tray. Try to evenly coat each chip in the hot oil.
  6. Season to your tasting with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  7. Place the butter cubes onto the potatoes, evenly spaced out, and put the tray into the oven.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes, until cooked to how you like it. Make sure to keep tossing them at intervals so they cook Eve you.

COOKING THE FISH

Your batter should have rested in the fridge for at least half an hour if possible so is now ready to use.

You will need a lot of oil. Like. A lot.

We full our wok (as we don’t have a fryer) 3/4 full with either sunflower oil or frying oil, and heat it to a temperature of roughly 350F.

Take the fish you are using, we use haddock, and either cut into little pieces or keep whole, whatever you decide. Take the fish and place it in the batter and make sure it has a good even coating.

Carefully place the battered fish into the hot oil, and this is the waiting part, you simply wait until the batter is crispy and golden brown. When cooked, using a utensil that has gaps – so the oil can drain, place on a wire rack so the excess oil can continue to drain off.

To finish off we, also made tartar sauce.

TARTAR SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp gherkins
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 180ml mayonnaise (I do this just by eye!)
  • Salt and pepper to season

METHOD:

  1. Very simple, simple finely chop all the ingredients and place in a dish.
  2. Add in the juice of the lemon, and season to taste.
  3. Add in the mayonnaise, mix and serve!

And there you have such a wonderful dish, that’s so fun to make and doesn’t take up a lot of time.

Chloe x

Christmas Cookies!

Here we go! Christmas is such a funny time for everyone but especially this year! I only got back from my parents a couple of days ago as my fiancé had work near to them and I was so excited to get home and get on with all the Christmassy things I wanted to do! We managed get a 7ft non drop tree for £5 in the clearance as we were so late buying one!!

Christmas cookies/biscuits are something I feel like I’ve never done properly and really wanted to do some this year and they were so much fun to do! Such a quick easy fun Christmas activity, but the decorating is the best part, you can keep it traditional and festive or get creative and change it up! This cookie recipe you can use all year round for different occasions!

The best thing about this recipe is that it only uses ingredients that you probably always have in your cupboard/fridge! They’re all staple ingredients so you can quickly make a batch whenever!

Ingredients:

  • 220g salted butter
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 445g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (only if using unsalted butter!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 150C/340F
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft. For best results, use an electric mixer.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until everything is completely combined.
  4. Start adding the flour in thirds slowly, along with the baking powder and salt. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined. It will look very clumpy and will not be a solid ball of dough!
  5. Dust a work top with some flour and tip out half of the mixture. Using your hands, combine the mixture into a smooth ball of dough.
  6. Roll the dough to the thickness you desire, I tend to go for about half a cm thick but its totally up to you, just ensure to adjust cooking times if you make them thinner!
  7. Using your festive cookie cutters, cut out your shapes and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.

  1. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough!
  2. Bake for 8 minutes, until they are slightly golden, and place on a rack to cool.
  3. When completely cool, you can ice however you wish!