Monday, April 04, 2005

Beer Bread

My Dad's cousin is owner and president of Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City. Whenever I cook with beer, I use only Boulevard's products. Okay, it's a family thing, but it's great beer for drinking and cooking!

Beer bread is easy to make and tastes so wonderful! You can mix all kinds of herbs, spices, cheese, or whatever. Here's a basic recipe that you can build off of. I usually use the "Bully! Porter" beer, a classic English porter with intense flavors of dark-roasted malt. This makes a darker bread because it is a darker beer. For a lighter bread, you might try the Pale Ale or Weat beer that they brew.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle Boulevard Bully! Porter beer, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for the top of the bread
  • Assorted herbs, to taste (optional)

Preparation:

Combine the flour, sugar, and beer in a mixing bowl. Mix well--the batter will have a sticky consistency. While mixing the batter, drink the remainder of the second beer bottle.

Pour the batter into a bread pan and let rise to desired height, usually 30 minutes to an hour.

After bread dough has risen, bake for 55 minutes at 375 degrees. When 3 minutes of baking time are left, brush the top with melted butter.

Let cool before serving. Serve as buttered bread or for dipping in olive oil.

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