What came first bread or beer? Doesn’t matter in Slovakia they have both in one loaf. Introducing ‘Pivní chléb’ the Slovakian beer bread that places this country in the heart of Europe. I’m George Matthes and I’m a European correspondent but I also love to bake so here’s some food for thought from Slovakia. Why would anyone ever warm up an ice cold lager especially in a beer producing country like Slovakia. I would like to say very open, that I am ready As the slovak prime minister to do that. Peter Pellegrini knows that to make a real Slovakian beer bread your Bier needs to be lukewarm. While it’s warming up mix 120 grams of lukewarm water with 120 grams of plain flour and add a bit of fresh yeast. A tenth of a gram to be precise. Next bring 100 grams of water, 18 grams of salt and 20 grams of plain flour to a low heat. Keep stirring the mixture till it thickens to a custard consistency. Then take it off the heat and leave to rest overnight. [Music] Now combine the pre-dough and the flour custard with 580 grams of plain flour and 280 grams of spelt flour. Add 300 millilitres of your luke warm beer followed by 10 grams of fresh yeast and 30 grams of honey. Knead it all in a stand mixer for a total of 18 minutes. Then cover the mixture and let it rest for another 2 hours. Next split the dough into 16 equal portions reflecting Slovakia’s status as the sixteenth country to join the Euro. Shape the pieces of dough into round balls. Grease a cake tin and place the dough pieces inside in a circle. When you place the dough pieces in the tin, Slovakia sits right in the center after all its slap-bang in the middle of Central Europe. Bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west Poland to the North, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. In this part of the world of course everything’s contested. Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus all claim they sit in Europe’s geographical centre. Slovakia joined the EU in 2004 together with nine other countries and if you want to see how they’ve grown together just take a look at this. After 90 minutes side by side the dough balls have totally bonded. Brush them with an egg white for a lovely place. Place your loaf in a preheated oven at 240 degrees Celsius. Chuck in a glass of water to create some steam and bake the dough for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 210 degrees Celsius and bake for another 15 minutes. [Music] The bread has to be ejected from the tin in much the same way as tens of thousands of protesting Slovakian ejected former prime minister Robert Fico from office for alleged corruption. Party colleague and successor Pellegrini will have to act fast now or EU leaders will gobble up this beer bread in a flash. Your friends are already tucking in without you aren’t they? I think so yeah many times things are finishing like that. Pivní chlébis is a great tear and share bread loaded with sweet malty flavors don’t expect any leftovers. [Music] Thanks for watching and if you’re hungry for more bread recipes click here!