Sunday, September 23, 2012

Easy Honey-Beer Bread

I saw this on Pinterest the other day. It looked super easy and delicious...and it was both! Although I LOVE homemade bread, all the time involved...I'm not a fan of that. So quick and easy bread, definitely my kind of homemade bread!
This one turns out really dense. I used Coors Light beer, and don't know if a regular beer would change the density, but it was still good. Next time I think I'll experiment with a different kind of beer, maybe something that has a flavor to it, just to add a twist :-)

It's a five-minute batter, literally. Mine baked for 60 minutes, but your mileage may vary depending on your oven.

Honey-Beer Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 can beer
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and divided

Preheat over to 350F. Grease a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan (I used Pam and I missed one spot, so definitely get the whole pan well). Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom and press it into the Pam/butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Heat the honey in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it easier to stir, then add the honey and the beer to the batter. Mix until all ingredients are blended well.

Pour half the melted butter onto the bottom of the loaf pan. into the loaf pan. Spoon in the batter, then drizzle the rest of the butter on top. If needed, spread it with a pastry brush (this gives it a nice golden crust).

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. It rises pretty quickly in the oven, so make sure there's enough room between racks for it :-)


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