Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beer Bread

I'm not typically successful when it comes to making bread or anything that requires yeast. Maybe I'm just too impatient and can't wait long enough for dough to rise. But this recipe doesn't need any yeast - and the bread is delicious. I'll warn you - it has a significant amount of butter. So it's not extremely healthy, but it tastes sooooooo good. You can whip this up in no time. I promise you won't be sorry.

Beer Bread
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer*
1 stick butter, melted

* I've made this beer bread a few times. The pictures show the beer made with Guiness (a very dark beer). The other beer I've used was lighter (a summer blonde works well). Although I like to drink a dark beer, I think a blonde or red beer works better in this recipe than something dark. But you should experiment and find out what you like best!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper (this is important so the bread comes out of the pan easily). 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the beer using a wooden spoon just until the mixture comes together (don't over mix it).

Pour half of the melted butter in the bottom of the parchment-lined pan. Spoon the bread batter into the pan and smooth. Now pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm with butter (or it's good without extra butter too).


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