Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beer Bread

I bought beer today. On a Tuesday! But it wasn't to drink.. it was to bake with. It's a sad day when you realize you're no longer as young & exciting as you used to be.

I'm normally a Coors Light [with lime & green olives] Girl. But I like perusing the beer aisle for fun, fancy beers. I used Pyramid Apricot Ale for this batch of beer bread. The ale is surprisingly fruity, and it's just kinda.. delicious. You can use any beer that you want, just choose a beer that you like. The variation I tried this time was SO good, but I'm going to try to use different beers/ales/stouts so it will taste different every time. Try the beer, or read the label, then decide if any additions (fresh rosemary, grated cheese, raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc) would complement the flavor. The bread WILL take on the flavor of the beer, so be creative!
Pyramid Apricot Ale.
Mix everything together.
Until just combined.
Put into a greased 9 x 5 pan*
[This was an 8 x 4- This was a mistake]
Drizzle with melted butter.
Bake 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Delicious with our dinner!

Beer Bread
  • 12 oz bottle of beer, unopened & at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan*.
  2. Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. 
  3. Pour the beer in all at once- it will foam up- and stir until everything is just combined, about 20-25 strokes.
  4. Transfer the batter to the pan, drizzle with the melted butter, and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.  Serve warm or at room temperature within 2 days.
Pyramid Apricot Ale: add 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 tsp. orange extract.

*Make sure you use a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan for this. I made the horrible mistake of trying to fit it into an 8 x 4 because I couldn't find my larger pan... the bread fit, but the butter spilled out and smoked out my kitchen. Oops.

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