Sunday, March 4, 2012

Beer Bread

The moment I heard that "beer bread" was an actual thing, I went straight to Food Blog Search - a specialized google tool which searches a large number of reputable food blogs.

When I want good recipes, I always search there first.  Then I use regular google just to gain a more thorough examination of the core recipe.

I usually locate no fewer than 3 recipes to compare - the more ingredients and instructions that are true to all of them, the more likely it is it will work.

Here are the proportions I decided to use, and at the bottom of this post are the seven most inspiring recipes I drooled over during the research phase.

Shockingly Easy Beer Bread

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 generous tsp kosher salt
3ish Tbsp sugar
12 oz beer

Oven 375, buttered 8" loaf pan, bake 35-45 minutes, depending on your oven.


I've heard that cheap beer works best.  I used a micro-brew the first time, and despite the fact that I ate half the loaf in one sitting, I didn't think it was great.  The 2nd time I made it, I used a Pabst and the bread was awesome.  I also added 1 Tbsp dill and 1 Tbsp onion powder.  YUM!

This bread does last a few days sealed in a container on your counter, but honestly the only time to eat this bread is RIGHT AWAY.

The crust of mine has traditionally turned out hard, so I brush it with butter and let it sit in the pan for a few minutes.

Throw in any shit you want - cheeses, herbs, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, dried fruit, whatever else!

Here are all the recipes I used to inform my template:

Rosemary and Feta Beer Bead from Cookie + Kate 

Beyond Easy Beer Bread from Farmgirl Fare

Basic Beer Bread from My Baking Addiction

Beer Bread that Conquers Fear of Bread Making by Honest Fare

Beer Bread by Ezra Pound Cake

Beer Bread Four Ways by Bake at 350

Honey Beer Bread by Gimme Some Oven

1 comment:

  1. Oh, my! Just stir it all together and throw it in the pan? Must try! I wonder if I have any of my dad's old, cheap beer lying around... Hmmmm... Today is a perfect day for home-baked goodness! And I've got some black-bean soup to go with it!
    Thanks, Megan!