I have two words for you: Beer Bread.
It might very well be the easiest thing that you will ever make – and the most delicious. Plus, you can support your local craft breweries in a time of need, what could be better?
Several months ago, you’d go into the grocery store and many items were completely wiped from the shelves. Toilet paper and Clorox wipes were self explanatory, but yeast? It seems that households near and far in quarantine were becoming experienced bakers. I came across a beer bread recipe and it caught my attention.
As it turns out, beer is an effective baking ingredient. It helps the dough rise as it helps sustain the leavening. Translation, I didn’t need to stalk my local stores for yeast, all I needed was a can or bottle of craft beer. There is no particular brand, no particular style – the sky is the limit when it comes to beer bread! I tend to do fruity, but you can try a variety of craft beer styles and see which you like best.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 12 ounce can of craft beer (support your local craft brewery! Grab a can or bottle TO-GO!)
- 1/2 cup melted
- Honey (for drizzling)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, next, add the beer and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.
- Pour melted butter over mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. I begin checking at 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, after which place bread on a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Drizzle with honey
- Slice and serve.
Craft breweries around the country are serving beer TO-GO. Call your favorite location and see how you can support their business.