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Easiest Beer Bread Ever!

It seems like every time I decide soup for dinner is a great plan, it’s too late to start a yeast bread to go with it.  Wah.  Fresh bread is so yummy with soup!  What to do, what to do?!  If you have an hour, beer bread is what you do!  It’s quick!  It’s easy!  It’s very much like “real” bread!  Yum!

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I Googled this recipe, which says it’s the most popular beer bread recipe on the internet.  It IS super easy and super fast.  Now that I’ve made it, I do have one recommendation not mentioned in the original recipe–the beer you use will have a huge impact on the flavor.  I used an IPA–very hoppy–which gave that same hoppy flavor to the bread.  For my taste, I’ll be using a more mellow beer next time.  That being said, this recipe is a keeper!

ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or margarine)

Preheat oven to 375F and oil a standard loaf pan.

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar) together–very important to keep the bread light and fluffy.  Use a flour sifter or a fine mesh strainer.

sift dry ingredients

Add the beer.  Stir until just combined.

add beer

mix until moistened

Pour into the prepared loaf pan.

pour into loaf pan

Pour melted butter over the top.  (Sounded weird to me, but resulted in a wonderful crunchy, buttery crust!)

pour melted butter

Bake for 1 hour, and cool on a rack until you can handle the pan, then remove from the pan and cool for a total of 15 minutes.  This will make slicing a LOT easier!

let cool on rack

remove from pan

Slice, spread on your favorite buttery spread and enjoy!

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I was making potato soup when I realized I needed a bread to go with it.  Yummy combo!

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Now that I’ve made this once, I’m thinking of all the other things that would be yummy to include–like a whole wheat, oats and stout combo, or a light wheat ale and jalapeno combo, or roasted garlic or ????!!!!  Oh yeah, lots of ways to make this easy, yummy bread a bit more “gourmet!”  Have fun with your favorite combos!

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Irish Soda Bread

I have a regret regarding this bread.  I regret I hadn’t ever tried making soda bread prior to this!  Who knew you could create such a hearty bread so quickly with so few ingredients?!  Actually, quite a few people knew–I found lots of recipes using an online search.  I selected this simple recipe from Food Network because I didn’t want sweet, and I liked the idea of rolled oats.

Got 45 minutes?  Gather these items and let’s get started!

  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour, plus more for kneading
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk 

A quick note on the buttermilk.  A soda bread works because of the reaction that takes place between the baking soda and an acid found in the buttermilk.  Regular milk will NOT work.  Unless.  Unless you change it into a buttermilk substitute by adding 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice for each 1 cup of milk, stirring and letting the mixture sit for a couple of minutes.  I didn’t have buttermilk, I used this method, and the bread came out perfectly!

Preheat your oven to 425 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix flours, oats, salt and baking soda until well combined.

Pour in most of the buttermilk to form a soft dough, adding more buttermilk if needed.  (I used all but about 1/3 cup of my buttermilk.)

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead until it becomes shapeable.  Avoid overworking the dough.  Shape into a disk.  Cut a deep X into the top with a sharp knife.

Transfer loaf to parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake 7 minutes at 425 F.  Reduce heat to 375 F and bake an additional 20-25 minutes.  Remove bread from oven to a cutting board.  Let it rest a couple minutes, cut and enjoy warm.

My cuts were uneven, resulting in uneven splitting–something I’ll watch better next time.  The appearance had no effect on the flavor, though!  This soda bread rivals a yeast whole wheat bread in less than 1/4 of the time.  We enjoyed it buttered, with corned beef and cabbage.  I’m thinking the flavor would be divine for breakfast, smeared with fruit jam.  Maybe with a nice cup of tea….yummy!

There are other soda bread recipes out there with dried fruit and citrus zest…oh yeah!  Next time!

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