Monday, March 2, 2009

Warning - Addiction Possible

Beer was on sale this week - but I don't want you to drink it. Remember the recipe for the Beef Tips? That is one use. Here is the second: Beer Bread. But be warned - this is so easy to make and so good that you may become addicted and need your daily fix. Here is the basic recipe, then some changes:

1 12-ounce can or bottle of beer
3 cups self rising flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix all of the ingredients except the butter. Turn into a loaf pan, pour the melted butter on top, and bake for 45 to 50 minutes in a 350 degree oven. That's it!

Now here is the fun part: The changes or tweaks or whatever you want to call them. Try adding in to the batter: 1 clove grated garlic
1 T. fresh chopped Rosemary
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 or 2 chopped jalapenos + 1 cup grated cheese

Now, I don't recommend adding all of these at once - try different combinations until you find the one(s) you like. There is also a whole wheat version of beer bread:

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
4 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup brown sugar 12 ounce can of beer

Same mixing directions - pour 1/4 cup melted butter on top - same baking time.

When I was making the whole wheat version yesterday, I didn't have any brown sugar, so I used 1/4 cup molasses instead. I warmed the molasses a little so it would not be too thick. It was fabulous! Enjoy.

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