In this instructable I put a spin on my mother's version by substituting some white flour with whole wheat and using brown sugar instead of white. I also show how you can stencil your breads using laser cut cardboard and make very intense garlic bread (for true garlic fans).
I have tried to include descriptive pictures and some tips for bread beginners.
Total time to make this bread is about 2 hours with some long opportunities to ignore it. This recipe makes 2 Beer Bread loaves , one of which will be optionally converted to garlic bread.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Tools
4 1/2 - 5 Cups Unbleached white flour
1 1/2 Cups Wheat flour
2 Tbsp or 2 Packages Active Dry Yeast (Instant blend dry yeast)
1/4 Cups Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cups Water
1 1/2 Cups (12 oz.) Warm Beer (Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is my favorite)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Pam Nonstick Spray
Liquid Measuring Cup
Dry Measuring Cups (1 Cup, 1/2 Cup, 1/4 Cup)
2 Cookie Sheets
Serrated Bread Knife
Laser Cut Stencil for flour (can also be hand cut)
Note: High alcohol beers can interfere with the yeast and sometimes drastically impact the flavor of the bread with interesting results. Experiment!