Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Honey Beer Bread

After a long day in the sun, I decided that I should make a little something to have after dinner.  I was totally out of milk and eggs so I was really limited to what I could make.  I remembered a recipe that I saved for Honey Beer Bread.  I was crossing my fingers that it didn't use eggs.  Checked and there were no eggs needed.  YEAH!!!

I pulled out the ingredients to make sure that I had everything that I needed. 

I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the bowl.

Did I mention that cooking things that aren't for dinner isn't usually my strong suit? But cooking in the summer and heating up the house more than once is also not really fun.  My son and I made our personal pizzas (I made my husband's while he was taking a little nap).  I got those in the oven and went back to the bread making. 

I added the honey which was a little more effort because I was using up the rest of the honey in the jar with a spatula but normally it would be easier for most people but a great way to use up the end of the honey container so I was happy.  Then I added the beer!!  Make sure you have a big enough bowl because mine foamed a lot. 

I mixed it all together with a fork and got a dough that was thick and wet.

I greased a loaf pan and put it in.  I used a spatula to smooth down the top a little so that there weren't dips towards the edge.

I melted the butter in the microwave (melting it until it sprayed all over the microwave...why can't I do it without making a mess?)

I poured the melted butter over the bread.

I was excited to see how it turned out.  I peeked in the oven  and the bread rose above my pan.  Oops!  The butter spilled on to the bottom of the oven.  Note for next time to use one little pan to make a small loaf too or put a little aluminum foil in the oven to catch the mess.  The loaf still came out with a beautiful top that was brown and crispy.

I waited as long as I could for the loaf to cool.  I did pretty well.  Check out these yummy nooks and crannies in the bread.

We ate a few slices and tried our best to save the rest for later!!

I know that we will be making it again soon (okay, I started writing this post and I made a second loaf).  I brought the rest of the first loaf to a BBQ and so I thought that I needed a little more for us.  I also made a jar with all the dry ingredients so that I could make a third one super fast some night if we are having company which I used to make for a BBQ that I ended up hosting at our house.

For the next two loaves of bread, I used Miller Lite beer instead of a lager because I thought you could taste the beer too much and I liked the second two loaves much better.  I even had some for toast with jelly for breakfast and made my husband's lunch with it.  It is a new favorite around here and super easy to mix up.  I also used up some blueberry honey which was also tasty!  This bread seems to be really flexible to make exactly how you want and it still turns out yummy.

I hope that you try the recipe for yourself soon.  Here are a few slices to hold you over until you make yours!  Check out my recipe and the other two from different blogs.  Even if you don't have the bread flour, I think that this recipe would still be super tasty but maybe less fluffy!

Honey Beer Bread
Adapted by me from: Eat Cake for Dinner
Who adapted from: Life After Empty Nest
1 c bread flour
2 c all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp- 1/4 c sugar
3 Tbsp honey
1 (12 oz) bottle beer (or can)
4 Tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan; set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Stir in the honey and beer and whisk until combined.  Dough will be very thick.  Spread into prepared loaf pan.  Pour melted butter over the top, do not stir.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Yield: 1 loaf. 

* Make sure you put something underneath the pan to catch any butter drippings.

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