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Do you want to feel like a kitchen rock star?  Make a simple to prepare (5 minutes of prep) beer bread tonight.  I turn to this recipe during the fall and winter months as I think it’s a little too heavy for hot, sticky southern summers.  It’s brilliant in its simplicity and you can try one of the variations I’ve listed or make your own.  You’ll call on this recipe to accompany homemade soups and stews or alongside a whole roast chicken.

I first had beer bread with my husband at a “party” where a consultant from a prepared foods company comes to the home of the hostess and all of the guests get to sample each of the items.   Needless to say we gorged ourselves on the endless samples that were past around from.  I’m not sure how many calories we consumed on our “samples,” but I’m sure it was close to our daily allotment.

The beer bread tray was an instant favorite with me and my then, new husband.  Instead of re-ordering each time we were in the mood for beer bread, I simply prepared the dry ingredients and then added in a light beer.  Of course, we bought several of the beer bread mixes that evening, but went through them in a couple of months.   We slathered many a warm slice of beer bread with honey butter. 

This recipe is so simple and there’s really nothing better (as real bakers will tell you) than  bread baking in your oven.  Do try one of the variations or create one of your own.

Simple Beer Bread

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

12 oz beer (I used Heinekin)

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Method

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease loaf pan with cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl,  blend dry ingredients.  Slowly add in beer and fold in just until dry ingredients are incorporated.  Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.  Batter will be lumpy and heavy.  Drizzle melted butter over the top of butter and bake in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.  A toothpick placed into the middle of your loaf should come out clean at the end of baking time.  Let bread cool on wire rack for 15 minutes prior to removing from loaf pan.

Yield:  1 loaf

Variations:  Try add the following to the simple beer bread recipe:

  • Fresh grated cheddar cheese and chopped, fresh dill
  • Freshly chopped herbs such as thyme, parsley, chive and basil (use smalled quantities of dried herbs)
  • Dried tomatoes and freshly chopped basil and parsley
  • Fresh grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese and sauteed, minced garlic
  • Different types of beer
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