Beer is Proof…

that God loves us and wants us to be happy. 🙂

This quote is often attributed — most likely erroneously — to Benjamin Franklin.

Regardless of the authenticity of who did or did not say it, though, I know many folks who agree with that sentiment. 😉

While I enjoy drinking a nice, cold beer, I also enjoy cooking with it, especially in Fish and Chips or to add as the liquid to chili or TexMex dishes. A few years ago, I came across a really easy recipe for Beer Bread in a Brookshire’s Celebrate Cooking magazine, and I’ve been making it ever since — much to my bread-loving hubby’s delight.

This Beer Bread is a quick bread in every sense of the word — this non-yeast bread (meaning no rising time required) mixes up quickly with only a few ingredients, and you can forget about it once you pop it in the oven. Compared to most breads, it bakes at a relatively low temperature — 350F — so you can usually bake it right along with other dishes in your oven and it won’t overheat your kitchen unduly in the summer months.

Also, it’s fat free! 🙂

Beer Bread is a great accompaniment to any dish that you would drink a beer with, such as barbecue, a homey meatloaf, or other such dishes. The texture is a bit like that of a muffin. It would even make a tasty base for open-faced Sloppy Joes, if you wanted. You can vary the flavor a bit with whatever beer you have on hand. It really does put the “quick” in quick bread!

You start off with 6 tablespoons of brown sugar:

Brown Sugar

Then, pour in 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) of ROOM TEMPERATURE beer and stir until the brown sugar is dissolved.

Bubble, Bubble! Use Room-Temperature Beer.

After that, stir in 3 cups of self-rising flour and up to 1 teaspoon of salt, if desired (I usually add in about 3/4 teaspoons of salt).

Batter Up!

Don’t have self-rising flour on hand? No worries — for each cup of all purpose flour, simply sift in 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. So to make 3 cups of self-rising flour, you would sift  1 tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder AND 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt WITH 3 cups of all purpose flour.

Spread into a lightly greased (or sprayed with cooking spray) 9″X5″ loaf pan. It won’t look smooth — don’t worry.

Ready for the Oven

Pop into a preheated 350F oven and bake until done (browned and sounds hollow when tapped), about an hour.

It’s Really Smelling Yummy Now!

Remove from pan and let cool (about 15 minutes or so) on a clean, lint-free kitchen cloth on a cooling rack.

We’re Cool, Man, We’re Cool. 😉

Then slice and enjoy!

Hubby’s Ready to Dig In!

This smells — and tastes! — so yummy, you’ll find yourself singing and dancing the polka while it bakes. 😉 (Go on, take not quite 2 and half minutes out of your day and enjoy — you know you want to!)

 

Beer Bread (Makes 1 loaf)

  • 6 Tbs brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 (12 oz) beer, at room temperature (use whatever beer you like)
  • 3 cups self-rising flour*
  • 1 tsp salt (optional) (I used about 3/4 tsp salt)
  1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour in beer. The liquid will foam and bubble. Mix well with wooden spoon until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt (if desired); slowly pour in liquid. Or, alternatively, sift in flour and salt.
  4. Mix until ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Spread dough in 9″ X 5″ nonstick loaf pan.
  6. Bake until browned and sounds hollow when tapped, or when a toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  7. Remove bread from oven and let cool on rack. Makes one loaf.
  8. Wrap cooled leftovers in a clean, lint-free kitchen towel and store in a sealed bag or other tightly sealed container.

 *NOTE: If you don’t have self-rising flour (I often don’t), for EACH CUP of all purpose flour, sift in 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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About MissieLee

I love tasty food prepared in a healthy way with a budget in mind.
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2 Responses to Beer is Proof…

  1. LinnieGayl says:

    I love beer bread! It’s so easy and tasty.

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