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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Beer Bread

Bread is scary to me... I love eating it but I have little to no experience making it. I thought I'd attempt the easiest bread recipe around, and it really was the quickest baking experience I've had!
Beer bread is easy, requires very little ingredients, and can be made with whatever extras you have lying around your kitchen. I think this is best eaten right away, but the convenience of the preparation makes it an easy last minute idea.

Basic Beer Bread:
3 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt 12 oz (1 bottle) room temperature beer 1 egg plus 2 tsp water, lightly beaten (for an egg wash)

(***Cooks note: For the first loaf I made, I used the basic recipe and added 1 tbsp garlic powder, and 1tsp each dried rosemary, oregano, basil and thyme for a Garlic Herb Beer Bread. The second loaf, was basic recipe topped with freshly shredded parmesan cheese.***)

Preheat oven to 350*F. Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork. Add honey and beer and stir the mixture until the just mixed together. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Brush egg wash on top of loaf and place in oven for about 45-50 minutes. Serve warm.


Kevin said...

It is always nice to be able to work beer into cooking/baking. A beer bread sounds like a good idea. Bookmarked to try.

Cynthia said...

Those are some mignificent loaves there Meghan.

MrsPresley said...

i used to be so afraid of yeast too! i was going to try beer bread first but then just went for it and made brown sugar raisin bread.... the beer bread is still on my list to try though! your loaves look so golden and delicious!

Katerina said...

Looks good! Beer bread may be my favorite bread I make you know, it is so good.