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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Recipe of the Day: Beer Bread!

Oh yummy!  This recipe is not only easy, but so good!! 

I made this on Friday and it's still moist today (left in loaf pan on the counter and covered with foil).  I just ate a slice with honey and it was like heaven in my mouth.

I used a bottle of Session Lager for this batch.  It's only 11.2 ounces, but it worked out just fine, and the flavor was awesome!  Next time I want to try making PranQster Beer Bread.  This recipe is so great because there are so many different beers you can use, and the flavor will be different every time! You can use a lager for a lighter flavor, or a fruit beer (mmm, apricot ale would be lovely!), or a stout for a deeper flacor. Plus, you can add things like bacon, cheese, chives, fruit, herbs, spices, garlic... the possibilities are endless! This basic recipe can be adapted for any holiday just by adding a little something extra to match the season. Brilliant!

Beer Bread
Yield: 1 loaf

3 cups flour, sifted
3 tsp. baking powder
1.5 tsp salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of beer, any style or flavor

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the butter and beer and continue to mix, first using a wooden spoon, then your hands.  Only mix together until moist and do not overmix or it will make your bread too dense.  The batter will be very sticky.  Pour into a 9 x 5 inch greased/floured loaf pan.  Let rest for 30 minutes so dough can rise. 

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees ) for 50 for 60 minutes. The top will be crunchy, and the insides will be soft.

Buttery-crust tip: bake for 50-55 minutes. Then remove from oven, run a stick of butter over the top of the loaf, then put it back in for 5 more minutes.

Tomorrow I will share a post about some beers that I sampled over the weekend.  Our buddy Eric was in town so Jim busted out some cellared beer, and I snuck in a few sips of each of the beers so I could share the tasting notes with you!  Until then... Cheers!


1 comment:

  1. My husband has been begging me to try making beer bread and I keep forgetting to even look for a recipe. This sounds incredibly easy and delicious! I must try it soon!!!


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