Within the last few weeks I’ve started cooking, or rather baking, quite a bit. My baking adventures started about two weeks ago when, following this recipe, I made a starter and subsequently baked my first sourdough loaf. I, unfortunately, did not have the forethought to write a blog post about my experiences, and going back to do so now seems a bit disingenuous, but below is a post from my Instagram detailing the project.
A few days ago I came across a Facebook post of a picture of, and recipe for, beer bread. The beer bread looked delicious and I knew I needed to try this amazingly simple recipe.
-3 cups of self rising flower or all purpose (with all purpose add 4 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt
-1/4 cup of sugar
-12oz any beer – should be warm
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter – melted
After gathering all the ingredients you simply combine dry ingredients, add beer, and mix well. Finally, you just pour the batter into a buttered bread pan and pour the melted butter on top of it. The bread should be baked at 375F for around 50 minutes. To get a better rise I have found baking at 400F for the first 10 minutes and then dropping to 375F works best though, but this is totally optional.
After trying the bread I feel at a loss for words to describe just how good it really is. I also can’t get over how simple the recipe is and how easy it would be to pull this in different directions, I already have a few ideas for a savory garlic-herb-cheese bread or a sweet pumpkin spice bread using Dragonmead’s excellent Devil’s Knight.
For a visual representation of this baking journey check out the Instagram post below.