Hey guys and welcome back to the blog! This bread is so awesome if you have beer in your fridge that you are trying to use up. I had some IPA that had been sitting in my fridge for the longest time. The beer actually gave me a splitting headache which is why I didn’t want to drink it. ???? I didn’t want to just throw it out because I hate waste, so I went searching for a way to incorporate it into something I could bake for the blog! How fitting, right? I ran across the idea of incorporating beer into a simple bread recipe and wow was I surprised by the results.
This beer bread has a wonderful soft crumb that would be good for so many things. I added an assortment of spices that I thought would enhance the flavors of the beer. When I think of comforting, I think of this bread! You get that bitter hoppiness from the beer, and then hints of the different spices. This beer bread would be great dipped into a cheese fondue, or even used to make an Italian sub. I love experimenting with different mediums of bread outside what is normally used. Make sure to make this bread recipe this fall season and let me know how it turns out for you! If you like beer, you MUST make this recipe! It also makes your house smell like a bakery and who doesn’t love that?? I also think it is kind of fun that the flavors of this beer bread are completely dependant on the type of beer that you would want to use. It is so versatile! PS. if you want to try the IPA that I mentioned in this recipe, head over to the Avery Brewing website. They are by far my favorite brewery to go to in Colorado and they make some awesome beers. If you are in the area, I would definitely make the time to stop by. If you already are from the Denver/Boulder area, you know what I am talking about. ????
Until next time, happy baking my friends!
Oh, one more thing. What do you think of the picture gallery that I have in this post? Let me know if you like the more consolidated layout or if you prefer the full-size images in my posts! Also if you are interested in the dutch oven that I used for this recipe, I will leave the link below. It really helps in developing a nice crust on all of my bread projects. I know it is a little expensive, but my parents bought me this last year and I treat it like it is my baby. I love it so much! It is definitely a great present for anyone that likes to bake or cook. It is one of those pieces that will literally last you a lifetime if you treat it with love and care.
Beer Bread Recipe
- measuring cups and spoons
- Bowl scraper
- Dutch oven
- 3 Cup Flour
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 Can Beer, any kind
- 4 Tsp. Baking soda
- 3/4 Tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp. Mustard powder
- 1 Tbsp. Thyme
- 1 Tsp. Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp. Garlic powder
- 1/4 Cup Corn meal
- I love how quick and easy this recipe is! Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F and placing your dutch oven into the oven to start warming up. You are going to want your dutch oven to be scorching hot when the dough is ready.
- Begin by placing your flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl and mix to evenly distribute everything. Pour your beer into the dry mixture and start mixing the dough together in a folding method. Gently fold the dough over itself until it is fully combined and has formed into a loose ball. I like to fold the dough with a bowl scraper but you could also use a large spoon for this step, or even your hands! Once combined, remove your dutch oven from the oven and add an even layer of cornmeal to the bottom of the pan. Plop in your dough, replace the lid and place the entire dutch oven back into the oven to bake. Bake for 30 minutes and then remove the lid to the dutch oven for the remaining 15 minutes.
- Once your beer bread is fully cooked through and golden brown, remove from your dutch oven and allow to cool. You can serve immediately or wrap the bread in plastic wrap to keep for up to a week. Enjoy!
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