Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beer Batter Bread

Somedays you just need a speedy bread fresh outta the oven, don't you? The only annoying thing about fresh baked bread is that it's RARELY speedy... but this bread, my friends, will not disappoint your time clock.

First, I just followed along Williams-Sonoma's Baking Book recipe, then I decided to try whole wheat. NEXT, I'm gonna figure out (somehow, fingers crossed) how to make this gluten-free for all of you who have requested that. *is there such a thing as gluten-free beer?*

Personally, I enjoyed giving away the regular, all-purpose version because it tasted more like a "gift loaf," you know what I mean? Just a little more delicious. However, if you're trying to be slightly health conscious, or you just usually have whole wheat flour on hand more often than not, which is generally the case here, the whole wheat version is pretty darn delicious in it's own right, too.

Let's talk about how simple this recipe is... look at the ingredient list:

  • 3 cups flour, all-purpose or whole wheat
  • 3 Tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bottle of beer, room temperature, your choice what kind**
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter, plus more for serving

**the bread will take on a different taste with every different beer you choose to use. so fun! this time i used what was on hand, corona.

Anyways, how easy?? ALL YOU DO is preheat your oven to 375, grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan, combine and mix the dry ingredients, pour in the bottle of beer, mix around, leaving it a little lumpy and pour in the pan! Then you pour the melted butter on top and bake it for 35 minutes.

35 minutes, you guys.... that's it. And you come out with glorious, beer fluffed BREAD! I made the full size whole wheat one for myself and then made one batch of the all-purpose version and poured it into miniature loaf pans so I could give them away as gifts. Just gave one to our veterinarian, in fact and they LOVED IT.
Wrap a bow around a miniature loaf and give it away...
or serve it warm with butter and sink your teeth into that delicious, moist goodness.

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