Everyday Baking: Beer Batter Bread
For my first baking venture, I chose a super quick and easy recipe for Beer Batter Bread. Don't be daunted! This recipe requires minimal ingredients, a touch of stirring, and a bottle of your favorite beer.
- 1 9-by-5 inch loaf pan
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder (NOT to be confused with baking soda)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 bottle (12 fl. oz.) beer
- 4 tbsp unsalted, melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease your loaf pan.
- Stir together the flour*, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Open the beer**, take a little sip, then pour the rest in. Whisk mixture until just combined. The batter will foam up (this is normal) then be a bit lumpy or "shaggy" once you mix it together.
- Pour into the loaf pan and drizzle on the melted butter. Feel a little bit naughty as you watch all that butter soak into the batter.
- Bake 35 - 40 minutes until the top is crusty and a tooth pick poked into the center of the loaf comes out clean. I found that I baked it more on the upper side of 40-43 minutes before the top was crusty enough for my liking.
- Cut into thick slices, spread on some butter, and enjoy!
** A note on choosing your beer: You can pretty much choose any type of beer for this recipe. I went with Sweetwater's Georgia Brown Ale, which gave the bread a hearty, nutty taste. The beauty of this bread is that it takes on the flavor of whatever beer you use, so it will taste a bit different every time you bake it. I'm going to try a Belgian Wheat beer next time I bake this little beauty.
There, wasn't that easy? I hope you've enjoyed your first baking lesson!