Anyway, it was my job to make bread, from the box of beer bread mix she sent home with me. Needless to say, it was delicious and I was determined to make my own, without a box.
So like any talented, young social media professional would do - I went to Pinterest and found a recipe. This one from Gimme Some Oven is spot on, so I did exactly like it says.
[caption id="attachment_190" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AND THE BREAD GODS GAVE ME THIS![/caption]
Now this is my first "recipe" post so bear with me, but I promise the directions are easy peasy. The language is pulled directly from the Gimme Some Oven recipe. I'm not nearly this creative.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer (I used a Stout, part of Nick's anniversary present)
- 1 stick butter, melted
[caption id="attachment_181" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The players in this game.[/caption]
(Makes 1 loaf)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x 5x 3-inch loaf pan.
[caption id="attachment_183" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Man! our oven is old ... but cool.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_182" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The necessary kitchen tools.[/caption]
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed. (I recommend popping your honey in the microwave for a few seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in!)
Confession: I don't own a wooden spoon.
[caption id="attachment_184" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The microwaving the honey really helped![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_186" align="aligncenter" width="300"] In goes the beer![/caption]
Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter. (Use a pastry brush to spread it around if you’d like, but I didn't because I'm lazy...)
[caption id="attachment_188" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This full stick of butter is REALLY important - adds to the delicious factor.[/caption]
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve immediately.
[caption id="attachment_192" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This bread is dense, so don't expect it to be light and airy. Rather, hope for hoppy and delicious from the beer![/caption]
And then, if you want to be like me - EAT IT ALL. Seriously, yum. And don't take any pictures after you cut it, because you'll be too excited. Promise.
The reviews on the original post from Gimme Some Oven were mixed. Some said it was fabulous (which I agree) and some said there was an after taste (which I also agree), but I expected that with the heavy beer I was using. So, use your own judgement here people.
Until next time,