In an attempt to make more of our own bread, I'm experimenting with the recipes in the Bread cookbook that the hubby bought me for Christmas. (Best husband ever, y/y?) This one caught my eye because it required no yeast and no buttermilk (the book has a strange affinity for buttermilk). It also turned out to be ridiculously easy. Homemade bread in less than an hour? Sign me up.
Makes: 1 9" X 5" loaf
3 cups flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 oz bottle room temperature beer
4 tbsp unsalted butter
PREHEAT oven to 375F
GREASE 9" x 5" loaf pan with a little bit of the butter
COMBINE dry ingredients in a medium bowl
POUR in beer
STIR until just combined (it will be crazy lumpy)
POUR into prepared pan
PLACE butter in a small microwave safe bowl
MELT in the microwave
POUR over the top of the dough
BAKE for 35-40 minutes until a tester comes out clean
1. This was easy, easy, easy. My husband could not stop eating this and it was a perfect accompaniment to soup. We will be making a LOT of this.
2. The type of beer you use will change the flavor. We had Corona Light on hand, so that's what we used. The bread had a faintly Corona-y smell, but a very light, non-beer-y flavor. The flavor does get more pronounced with time though, I find that Corona in breads will tend to give the bread almost a dusty taste by the day after. So bake, eat, enjoy! Just don't plan for lots of leftovers. : )
3. The butter seeped into the bread and gave it a buttery flavor, though the hubby still preferred it with butter. The texture was lovely, dense and soft. See?