Monday, December 20, 2010

Beer Bread


Yes, you read that right- this is bread made with a bottle of beer!  I couldn't believe it when I found this recipe, so I knew right from the start I would have to see for myself.  And I am now a believer...it is possible to make bread without yeast, without having to let it rest and rise, and without kneading!


Besides not believing this recipe would work, my other first thought upon discovery was that my brother would love this.  I emailed him the recipe immediately and he was on board!  We planned to make it when I went home to Florida for Thanksgiving and what a great way to segway from Thanksgiving leftovers to regular baking.


Regardless of my skepticism, our bread turned out absolutely amazing!  We made two loaves, a wheat bread with Guinness beer and a white bread with rosemary made with a Blueberry Wheat Ale.  While the wheat loaf was just a bit more dense than the white loaf, they both had a hint of sweetness which went lovely with the coarse sea salt which we sprinkled on top.  I wasn't able to decide which loaf I liked better, but I think the combination of the Blueberry Wheat Ale and the rosemary gave the white loaf a more unique taste.  I will definitely make this recipe again and may experiment with new beers and additional seasonings.


Beer Bread
adapted from Baking Junkie

Ingredients for Blueberry Rosemary Beer Bread

3 cups self-rising flour*
⅓ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
12 ounces beer (I used Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale) 
2 tsp dried rosemary
Pinch of coarse sea salt
2 Tbsp melted butter

Ingredients for Guinness Wheat Beer Bread

3 cups self-rising whole wheat flour*
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
12-20 ounces beer (I used Guinness)
Pinch of coarse sea salt
2 Tbsp melted butter

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.  In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt (if making the rosemary version add it during this step).  Add the beer and mix well.  It will get thick and sticky (if making the Guinness version, after you pour the first 12 oz. use your best judgment as to how much more you'll have to pour in order to have all of the dry ingredients mixed in).  Pour into the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with a pinch of sea salt.  Bake for 52 minutes.  Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter.  Return to the oven and bake another 3-12 minutes or until lightly golden.

*If you do not have self-rising flour you can use the substitutions below.  For every one cup of regular flour, add in:

1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt


Fresh, warm bread with a nice pad of butter = delicious!


3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked the bread, and LOVE that you used a blueberry beer! What a fantastic idea!

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  2. This recipe was fantastic! I'm so glad I came across it on your blog. Thanks!!

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  3. Wow, great idea! I love this what a great addition to a dinner!

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