Friday, September 17, 2010

Beer Bread

So, I've realized recently that I have quite a few wonderful recipes that have beer as a main ingredient. A bottle, a can, a case... (kidding on that last one, I think we'd all be blitzed if we ate something with a case of beer in its contents!)
This morning I popped a loaf of beer bread in the oven for a good friend of mine. She was nice enough to give me her old running stroller, so I thought I'd give her something yummy as a thank you. Of course, after I brought it over and watched her eat 1/4 of it in 15 minutes, I just HAD to come home and make a loaf for myself.

Oh beer bread, how I love thee. You are so good. But, I was tired of paying $5 for a loaf from Pampered Chef. I scoped out some recipes on allrecipes.com and then came up with my own variation.

Here it is for your palatable pleasure.

Start by mixing self-rising flour and sugar in a bowl.


Then add your choice of beer. All we had in the fridge was poor man's beer, also known as Miller Lite. I cannot stress enough the importance of using a good beer for this bread. The better the beer, the better the bread. I usually use something along the lines of Sam Adam's Summer Ale. I would recommend a light beer over a dark.


Stir it up until everything is mixed together and the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.


Pour it into a greased bread pan and bake in your oven for about 55 minutes.


Your house will begin to smell wonderful. People will think that you are a world-class baker judging by the smells wafting our your front door. Don't be alarmed if they start to ask if they've seen you on the Food Network.

When your timer goes off, pull out the bread and take in hand a stick of butter. Proceed to slather the top of your golden loaf with butter, making sure you don't miss any nooks and crannies.


Then as much as it may pain you, put the bread back in the oven for another 5 minutes. When it's done pick up your trusty butter stick and slather your loaf again.

Now comes the most excruciating part. Dump it out of the pan and let it cool on a wire rack for 15- 20 minutes. (Or if you're poor like me, use some paper towels.)



Let it sit for about 20 minutes.


How delicious does it look? Is your mouth watering yet? Is it? Huh? Huh?

Then you may devour every last little crumb. Be sure to spread some butter on top of your thick cut slices, you won't regret it!


Delish. :)

Beer Bread
Servings: 12  Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 55 minutes Recipe From: Texas Life Blog  Original Source: allrecipes.com
Ingredients
3 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 bottle of beer

To make self rising flour: add 1 tsp baking power and 1/2 tsp salt for every one cup of flour

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together flour (baking powder and salt if needed) and sugar. Pour in beer.
3. Stir until mixture is no longer sticking to sides of bowl. Pour into 9 x 5 greased bread pan.
4. Bake 55 minutes. Take out and cover top with butter. Bake 5 more minutes and cover top one more time with butter.
5. Flip out of pan onto wire rack (or paper towels) and let cool for 15- 20 minutes.
6. Slice in large pieces and serve.

You can find a printable for this recipe here

For some variation feel free to add some cheese, jalapenos or whatever else tantalizes your taste buds!

Linking up with Serenity Now and Fingerprints on the Fridge.


Weekend Bloggy Reading

P.S. I apologize for my poor picture quality. My kitchen is not blessed with gorgeous floor to ceiling windows that let in massive amounts of Fall sunshine. I just can't have it all! * le sigh*

6 comments:

  1. Oh my word! I am so excited to see this post!!! :) I LOVE beer bread, but I also hate paying $5 for the *good stuff.* ;) Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking up with me!

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  2. YU-HU-HU-HUMM!!!

    I am so gonna get some self rising flour and make this tommorrow! Have you ever tried to make it with any whole wheat flour in the mix? I like a little grainy-ness, so I thought I'd ask...

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  3. Yum! Who would have thought it could be so easy? Now I have an excuse to hit the liquor store - ha! Thanks for pioneering and sharing! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I haven't made beer bread in years. You have inspired me to make some very soon. A slice with a bowl of chili would be perfect.

    I'm visiting from Amanda's party!

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  5. that sounds so easy! I think I'll try it

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  6. Thanks for sharing this super simple recipe! I made it last night with some cheddar beer soup and the whole family loved it! It is going to be a fall family favorite I think!

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