Thursday, March 28, 2013

Honey Beer Bread

Recently, my mother hosted a dinner party. Actually, I made it sound much more formal than it really was ... Joe was home for spring break and demanded a homemade meal, so my mother cooked it and invited us all over. (That is the truth.)

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"]IMG_8207 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.


Ingredients:

  • 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"]IMG_8198 The players in this game.[/caption]

Method:

(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"]IMG_8200 Man! our oven is old ... but cool.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_182" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_8199 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"]IMG_8201 The microwaving the honey really helped![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_186" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_8203 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"]IMG_8204 IMG_8205 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"]IMG_8209 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,
Robin

1 comment:

  1. I love Beer Bread!!
    When there's only cheap beer in the fridge, I add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, some garlic powder and parsley to make it taste better.
    Totally agree on the use real butter. Its gross with margarine.

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