What goes together like bread and butter? It is the perfect complement to any meal. It’s versatile, sustaining, and delightful. Now, imagine adding BEER to a bread recipe. Yes, beer has a lot in common with bread (yeast). They both turn sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohol. With bread, most of the alcohol evaporates during baking. With my recipe of Honey & Beer Bread there is no yeast required. The beer adds a moist and nutty flavor with no strong taste of alcohol. Feel free to add a pilsner like Miller, an IPA, or my favorite a New Castle Brown Ale. You can use any of your favorite go-to beers. One note: I have found that neutral flavored beers work best. But again, your personal preference is king. The texture of the bread is more cake-like and is denser than your typical sandwich bread. But I guarantee this bread will win you over on the first bite. Enjoy it warm, with butter. And enjoy your barbecue!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 bottle or can of your favorite beer (12 oz)
6 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp melted butter (divided)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the sides of a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. Using a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt, and stir to combine. Add beer and honey then stir until flour is blended in.
3. Add 2 Tablespoons of melted butter to the bottom of the loaf pan and make sure the butter coats the bottom of the pan. Next, add batter to pan and spread it into an even layer.
4. Pour 2 Tablespoons melted butter over the top of the batter, then brush butter so it evenly coats the top.
5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. Let bread cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then, carefully remove the bread onto a wire rack.
-Makes 1 Loaf-
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