Beer Bread

Almost a decade ago–hard to believe I have gotten old enough to say that–I lived next door to a Tastefully Simple home sales representative.  The great part was that she would bring over samples of the products all of the time and I did not have to pay some of the outrageous prices.  Do not get me wrong, I liked a lot of the food but I was just unwilling to part with the cash.  Call me cheap.  I was young and I needed the money.

One of my favorite things she brought over was a beer bread mix.  Imagine that…me liking something with beer as a main ingredient.  I had kind of forgotten about beer bread over the years.  As I tried to learn how to bake bread this winter–more on that after next week–I came back around to the simplicity of beer bread.

Unwilling to pay for so simple a mix I scoured the internet until I came across a simple and workable recipe.  Here is the basic recipe:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces beer
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk to combine.
  3. Melt butter and mix in honey.  Add this to the dry mixture.
  4. Add the beer and stir until everything is well mixed.
  5. Transfer to loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour.
  6. About five minutes before the bread is done you can baste the top with the remaining liquid in the butter/honey pan to give the bread a sweet kick.
  7. Let cool before slicing.

That’s it.  Here are the results:

You can experiment with the beer.  It’s  a great way to get rid of that lonely bottle of strange beer that a friend brought over that was not quite right.  Or the extra homebrew you have that it is not hitting the spot.  Or…whatever.

This weekend I am going to try adding cheese and maybe roasted poblano peppers to the bread mix before baking.  My mouth waters already.

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3 responses to “Beer Bread

  1. Pingback: The Bread Challenge | My Green Misadventure

  2. What blog did you get the recipe from. I saw it a few weeks ago and wanted to get back there but couldn’t remember 😦

    • No blog. I found it via one of the recipe search engines. I cannot remember which because I end of printing off probably a half dozen recipes per week.

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