Beer Bread

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Introduction: Beer Bread

I love a good beer bread! It's such a simple loaf to make and almost fool proof. I've been working with a recipe I found online to create a loaf of beer bread that's just right. I'm really happy with it now. :D

Beer bread is perfect with beef stew or chili, and even yummy as a grilled cheese!

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour - see the next step about how to measure it properly!
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 ounces of beer - room temp is better, but not necessary
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

I reduced the sugar from the original recipe and also halved the butter. The first time I made it, I thought it was a little strong tasting: too sweet AND too buttery. It was almost like a hoppy dessert.

You can really use any beer you want - I wanted to try a chocolate stout this time, but the boy convinced me to go with an ale for this batch. I've yet to experiment with putting cheese in it, but I think next time I want to add a handful of cheddar and maybe some jalapenos!

Oh, also! You'll need a loaf pan. I'm using an 8 in x 4 in one. The dough is way too wet to go freeform. :)

Step 2: How to Measure Your Flour

To get the best results out of this bread (and many baking recipes!) it's important to measure the flour correctly.

Instead of scooping it from the bag or container with the measuring cup, spoon it into the measuring cup. This will ensure that you're not packing the flour in the cup and adding more than you should.

Step 3: Preheating + Mixing

Because this bread comes together so quickly, preheat your oven to 375 F first thing. Also take the beer out of the fridge if it's been hiding in there.

Measure out your dry ingredients and stir them together in a large bowl with a fork. Melt the butter in a small bowl as set aside to cool. Open your beer and pour it down the side of the measuring cup so you don't end up with a head on top. Measure out 12 oz and drink the rest. :P

Pour the beer into the dry ingredients and mix JUST until you can't see any dry flour left. Make sure not to overmix!

Step 4: Baking

Spray your loaf pan with a little cooking spray or grease with butter.

Spoon the dough into it and press down on the top with the spoon to even it out. Pour over the melted butter.

Bake the bread at 375 F for an hour. Once it's done, let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then turn the loaf out and let it hang out on a rack. Try to let it cool for 15-20 minutes because it'll be easier to cut and will firm up a little more.

The finished bread should have a lovely, crunchy crust all around from the melted butter and a dense and slightly chewy crumb. Yum!




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I gotta try this I have been making bread for years for my kids my mom taught me when I was a young kid. I do most of the cooking so I think this might be some good bread to go with the food I prepare. I will let you know how this turns out.

Hey dude, i love you. This is so much crazy super brutal golden best bread i ever eat. Thank you so much for this instructable.

Tom

Making this now... Can't wait to see how it turns out:)

Amazing bread. My wife wants it everytime it's my night to cook

Good stuff! Made one with all purpose, and trying one today with whole wheat flout

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Made it! It was soooo good. It's amazing all on it's own or with some butter and jam. I used Dos Equis beer. I was concerned about using plain old all purpose flour, but it worked great. I cooked it 40 mins in my electric oven. Came out just like the picture. I let it cool before cutting, but still had trouble keeping the pieces together. Didn't matter though. Love the crunchy buttery crust. Next time I think I'll try adding orange zest, ginger and maybe some almond or vanilla extract.

ok, for the heck of it, i used an out-of-date bottle of bud light lime (blech !) and chopped up 7 hot jalapeno slices into the mix. it also came out great ! It has a smoky flavor. i want to tey again with some sharp cheddar mixed in. i foresee a LOT of experimenting with this recipe.

thank you for this awesome recipe ! i made a loaf with a chocolate & coffee porter beer from our local brew pub, and it is great ! so quick and simple to make, easy cleanup, and really great taste.