Recently, I fell victim to Trader Joe’s prominent displays celebrating the joys of beer in fall. By the time I came upon the signs, I had already placed several gourds in my cart and a sense of the season had settled over my shopping. I didn’t stand a chance. I looked through several of the lighter ales and decided that, no, this was fall! Fall equals hearty and hearty equals a dark brew. I chose something thick and almost opaque and made my purchase. I drank it with dinner and it was bitter. Terribly, terribly bitter. I chugged it, hoping that it would get better with each gulp. It didn’t. It just became progressively more bitter. I realized there was only one thing that I could do with it: Make beer bread. So, I went to the recipe I always use from food.com (formerly called the cooler name recipezaar.com).
I’m going to share the recipe with you here. In the future, if you should ever find yourself in a similar pickle, you can also turn your “OMG, ack, why” into an “OMG, mmm, good.” While my general rule of thumb is not to cook with alcohol that I would not drink, I make an exception for beer bread. However, the exception is in taste only and not in quality. If you have to make this with super cheap beer, I understand. But don’t expect the best results. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you! Weak beer will equal tasteless bread. It has been foretold.
- 3 cups of regular flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 12 ounces of beer
- 1/2 cup of melted butter
Allergens: Wheat, dairy
- Do your prep work. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a bread pan and put it to aside. Melt the butter and put it aside.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl. This may seem like a step you want to skip, but I’m here to let you know, you don’t. This bread will already be dense and have a crusty exterior when done properly. So, if you don’t sift, you’ll bake a brick. For a quick lesson in sifting, click here.
- Put the rest of the dry ingredients (baking powder, salt, sugar) and mix well. Don’t add the butter yet!!!
- Add beer and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon. Yes, it’s supposed to bubble and foam like that.
- Place the dough (it should not be a liquid, but a dough) into the prepared bread pan and pour the melted butter (NOW, aren’t you glad you waited?) on top. Place the pan on a tray (Fact: the butter is going to spill over) and the tray into the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour. After that time has passed, stick a knife in the middle of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked! Take it out of the oven! If not, keep giving the bread 5 more minutes until the knife comes out clean. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes and then nom away!
What’s your favorite in-case-of-a-bad-purchase recipe?