Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Beer Bread

I love this bread.
You can alter the flavor a tad by using different beers; darker, or a sweet honey beer, or try out whatever you have on hand. My favorite is a local Irish beer. Yum, it makes it so good!

This is the simplest bread recipe I have, and it is hands down my favorite.
It uses as little as three ingredients. That's it. Flour, sugar and beer. How simple is that??
It goes together in a couple of minutes, bakes easily, and goes with so many meals.
Some of my favorite pairings... this chili, this soup, and this pork and veggie dish. It's awesome just as a snack too.

Beer Bread
  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can/bottle of beer
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
  3. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  4. Pour melted butter over mixture.
  5. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
NOTES: Sifting flour for this bread recipe is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a hard biscuit. If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to lightly spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the "correct" way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product. I do not have a sifter, so I scoop into a mesh strainer.
You can use non-alcoholic beverages instead of beer. That is fine to do but it's recommended you add a packet of Dry Active Yeast or 2 teaspoons of Bread (Machine) Yeast so that you get a proper rise.
The final result should be a thick, hearty and very tasteful bread, NOT A BRICK! ;). Just be sure you sift your flour and it's easy peasy!!


heresthediehl said...

so glad to have this recipe!

i've made the tastefully simple beer bread before and loved it, but never one from scratch. we'll be trying this soon.

Mom said...

Sounds really good. Just when I am trying to cut down on my carbs.I will try it this weekend when I have a few extra people around to help me eat it.Can't wait.Mmmmmmm