Thursday, July 9, 2009

Easy homemade beer bread

Beer bread
(photo coming soon)

1 cup sifted white whole wheat flour
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 12 ounce bottle of beer, at room temperature
(dark or malty beers work best, like porter or amber ale. It's delicious made with Guinness! The stronger of flavor the beer has, the more flavor the bread will have. A pale mild beer like Bud will not make a very flavorful bread.)

preheat oven to 350
spray a loaf pan with Pam cooking spray
mix all the dry ingredients first
stir in the beer just until everything is moist, do not overmix.
Spread the dough in the pan and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes, until bread pulls away from edge of pan.
Turn the bread out of the pan and eat! (I like to have a piece when it's still hot from the oven, but you can let it cool first if you have patience)

optional: pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the dough in the pan, just before baking
you can use a standard 5" x 9" loaf pan, I use a 4 1/2" x 12" pan
you can also use all white flour instead of the whole wheat. Just use 3 cups of all purpose flour.
you can add other extras like grated cheese, garlic powder, caraway seeds, etc.

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