My dear friend Amber introduced me to beer bread a few years back and it has since become my very favorite kind of bread. It is so super easy. Literally, your bread will be ready for the oven before your oven has even finished preheating. This bread accompanies chilli, soups, salads, really anything because it is so versitile. Let’s get started…
3 cups self-rising flour (or 3 cups all-purpose flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1 and 1/2 tsp salt).
I know very few people who keep self-rising flour on hand. Do not run out to buy some because you can very easily make it yourself. For every cup of flour in a recipe, add one teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Voila…That’s it!
1/3 c. sugar
1 – 12oz can or bottle of beer. I have tried several kinds of beer and it seems like the regular, light beers produce the best flavor (for my liking). I do not like the taste of beer, especially microbrews so if that’s your thing, you may enjoy adding a fancier beer. If you do add a microbrew, your bread will have that bitter flavor that the beer possesses.
Whisk all dry ingredients together.
Pour batter into greased bread pan.
I think, hands down, that the old thin aluminum pans are far superior to any non-stick fancy schmancy bread pan or cookie sheet. You can often find them at yard sales for $.10 each. They produce such a nice, evenly browned crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Place back in over for an additional 10 minutes.
Pull out of oven and transfer to a cooling rack. This bread is best served warm but is still excellent leftover if you store it in a Ziploc and zap it in the microwave for a few seconds before smothering in butter. I prefer my bread topped with honey butter.
For a savory bread, decrease sugar to 3 Tbsp and add cheese and garlic, garlic salt or roasted garlic cloves to batter. You could add jalapeno and cheddar cheese to the batter or italian herbs and parmesan.
For a sweeter bread, alternate spoonfuls of batter into pan with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Top with cinnamon and sugar before baking.