Saturday, February 4, 2012

Beer Bread

I freely admit that I live under a rock.  My husband and kids can tell you (as well as a few friends), I love to snuggle in at home with my recorded shows on the DVR, a rented movie, a good book (usually a cookbook) or a magazine (usually a cooking magazine).  I enjoy being home with my family whether we are all playing a game, or just enjoying being home and not necessarily doing any organized activity.  Just being!  I like the feeling of being HOME.  So if you're wondering where I'm going with this, it is to show you that I really do live under a rock.  So maybe you have this recipe and have been making it for years.  Well I didn't.  I have spent a small fortune over the years purchasing a well known beer bread mix that I would bring home and mix with a can of my own beer.  So when I saw a dear friend post on Facebook that she had beer bread in the oven and the house smelled fantastic, naturally I asked her if it was this mix.  Well it wasn't!  She gave me this recipe and it changed my life.  Now I know that sounds shallow, but it really did.  It has also saved me some serious money.  If you are familiar with this yummy bread recipe I am happy for you, and if not you may be living under a rock like me!  

Those of you who have read some of my previous posts already know that I am not the baker in this partnership I have with Julie.  This is reason number two this recipe changed my life.  I love that I can now make bread that is delicious, that doesn't need to rise or have to be kneaded for several minutes.  My kind of bread recipe!  I can now say I am a bread baker, sort of.  On a side note, for those of you who are now worried about my lack of a social New Year's resolution was to make time with girlfriends.  I made it to Bunco in January and have plans to attend this month as well!  

Beer Bread

3  cups self-rising flour (Be sure to use self-rising, NOT all-purpose.)
1/2  cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) beer, you choose the flavor (minus a sip or two, I won't tell!)
2  tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl mix the self rising flour, sugar and beer.  The dough will be quite sticky.  Put the mixture in a well greased loaf pan.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour.  When there is about 10 minutes left begin basting the top of the bread with the melted butter.  I usually baste a couple of times.  



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