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
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan.
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Melt butter and mix in honey. Add this to the dry mixture.
- Add the beer and stir until everything is well mixed.
- Transfer to loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour.
- 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.
- 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.