Beer Bread Re-visited

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Beer Bread RecipeI awoke early this morning to yet another day of pounding rain and wind.  I’m not complaining, as heavy rain days are as close as we Southern Californians get to snow days.  It’s Sunday, and as such, the day was planned to be a quiet, ‘catch up on knitting and reading’ kind of day anyway.  Throughout the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I had fallen dismally behind in keeping up with all the baking magazines I receive every month.  So, as I lit the fireplace and sank deep into my sofa, I reached for the closest magazine at hand, which was an issue of Cook’s Country sitting on the coffee table.  I was initially enticed by the New Jersey Crumb Buns shown on the front cover, but by the last page, I had lost myself to an heirloom recipe for Beer Bread.
Beer Bread RecipeBeer Bread RecipeBeer Bread RecipeSitting idle is not my style, and even on this chilled and rainy day, baking called me from underneath my snuggly afghan to the kitchen.  I told myself that a recipe containing only three-ingredients couldn’t be that hard and before long I could find my way back to the sofa with a warm slice of bread slathered with butter and jam.  Well, that was my intention.  Then I decided to do a post on this ‘wonder bread’.  Dozens of photos later, and two enticing ways to eat this marvel, and well, there went my morning.  H had woken up by then, and I could hardly slither past him on my way back to the living room without asking if I could make an egg toast for him as well.

So it’s 1:23pm and I have yet to leave the kitchen.  Not that I mind really.  After all, it is my favorite room in the house.
Beer Bread RecipeA word on this bread.  This recipe is not new or original.  I think I remember making a version of it way back in the day.  That said, it is worth repeating and passing on to anyone who has missed it along its many year journey.  Does it compare to a yeasted and kneaded bread?  No.  But it has its worthy qualities – like by the time your oven preheats, you can mix together the ingredients and get the batter into the pan.  Thirty-five minutes later, plus 5 more minutes of cooling time, and you can be slicing into a tender-crumbed and yeasty (thanks to the beer) tasting bread.
Beer Bread Recipe  This bread makes great toast, and that’s how I ate it this morning – toasted and slathered with butter and blackberry jam first, then in a more savory fashion topped with cheese, egg, and tomato jam.  And, as I am finally heading back to my sofa, I am already imagining more tasty uses to suit such a bread, like grilled cheese sandwiches, croutons…..
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Source:  Cook’s Country

5 thoughts on “Beer Bread Re-visited

  1. Thank you for the intro, I have not tried this recipe! Toast with homemade bread is so good! (How come store bought is so dismal?) I am smitten with White Lily Flour and so very happy that I can find it at my local grocery store.

    • Deb, I actually bought the White Lily Flour for the purpose of making biscuits. I’ve always wanted to taste a biscuit made with self-rising flour. I figure, they have been around forever, and if Southerners approve, they must be good.

  2. This bread is the perfect foundation for a true European breakfast with a fried egg and home made jam. Love it.

  3. I made biscuits with the White Lily flour. They were not great ,or even, good biscuits. Probably my technique or my recipe. This looks yummy and simple. Do you think I could use IPA? This seems like a nice alternative to chili with cornbread (tonight’s dinner!)

    • You can definitely use an IPA. IPAs are a little more robust than lagers so expect that you might be able to discern the flavor of beer a bit more in the finished bread. Let me know how it turns out. And now, I’m heading to the kitchen to try my hand at Lily White Self-rising biscuits.