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The easiest bread you will ever make--if you can stir, you can have fresh bread in an hour! The dark beer gives it a great flavor not commonly found in beer bread (please please please do not use light beer in this!!!). For variation, try adding caraway or fennel seeds, fresh grated nutmeg, finely chopped orange zest, or finely grated cheese. You can also make this into biscuits, just bake at same temp on parchment lined sheet for 10-14 minutes depending on the size of the biscuits.
- Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl; whisk gently till completely mixed. (Or if you're not a lazy cook like me, sift your dry ingredients together into the bowl--I prefer to whisk, however!).
- Add beer and stir with wooden spoon till flour is totally incorporated.
- Pour batter (it will be rather thick) into a well-greased bread pan.
- Bake at 375 deg. F. for an hour, or till loaf is nicely browned and tests done when tapped.
- Cool on wire rack slightly before serving. Will keep about a week wrapped up in the fridge.
I made this recipe exactly as directed and baked for exactly 1 hour. When mixing the dough I had to knead a few times to get all of the ingredients to blend. It was very thick, but I pushed it out in the bread pan and it turned out perfectly! We really liked it! Would make again.
I'm sorry, this didn't work out as well as I thought it would. The batter was very dry; I had to add 2 T. water to get the flour to incorporate. The finished loaf was quite a bit more dense than I would have liked, and the flavor seemed off. It was very easy to make, though, and looked good! Sorry for the bad news - maybe I did something wrong? I had high expectations for this one, I'll probably try it again and update. Made for PAC Spring 08.