|Ingredients for BEER BREAD. :)|
Anyway... I'm stepping off the soapbox to show you exactly how EASY it really is to make a nice, basic loaf of beer bread. Yep. I said beer bread. I used Budweiser this time around but any beer that you LIKE the taste of will actually work for this.
This will make 2 loaves of bread. I always leave one plain for sammys and always herb the other one up for eating with my dinner.
Here's what you need:
1 package dry, active yeast
1 bottle of beer
2 teaspoons of baking powder (gives it a bit more oomph in rising)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
About 4ish cups of unbleached, all purpose flour (NOT self rising! Check your flour to see what type it is before you start! Give or take depending on the humidity in the air and a 1/2 cup more if you want to proof the yeast)
1/2 cup water if you want to proof the yeast
Any herbs that you may want to add. This time I'm using sage, garlic, basil, paprika and some rolled oats.
You can proof the yeast if you want to by putting the yeast, 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water into a bowl and letting it sit for about 30ish minutes. You don't have to do this step but it's a good idea if your yeast has been hanging around for a while just to make sure it isn't dead.
Putting it together is really quick and easy. If you proofed the yeast, just pour in the bottle of beer and add the salt & baking powder. Mix it up but don't beat it to death. Mix it gently for a minute or two until you don't see any clumps of baking powder. Add 2 cups of the flour and give it another 20 or so stirs then add 2 more cups of flour and mix it until it's all combined. It will get to the point where it's hard to stir with a spoon so don't feel bad about putting the spoon down and finishing the mixing with your hands.
I don't mind kneading bread but a lot of people either hate it or really don't know how to do it. This bread only needs a minimal amount of kneading. Since I'm not one to re-invent the wheel, if you don't know how to knead bread, watch this short video that I found on YouTube on how to do it. If you do already know how to knead bread then skip the video and go to the next step. :)
|Kinda lumpy, bumpy looking but it feels|
really soft when you touch it.
|After 1st rise! It's ALIVE!|
|Sammy bread on the right, dinner bread|
on the left that has been herbed and
rolled in oats.
|Finished rising the second time.|
It's oven time!
|Out of the oven and on the cooling rack.|
|Nice crust! Yes, I shared. :)|