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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Thursday January 31, 2008
09:21 PM

beer bread: make some

[ #35549 ]

How on Earth have I not yet written anything about how good beer bread is, and how easy it is to make, and how everyone should make more of it?

I have been making a lot of beer bread these past few months, maybe a loaf every week or two. It's really, really good bread. It's very flavorful, and you can tweak its flavor easily. It's good plain, with butter, with jam, or wth honey. I'm sure you could put lots of other things on it for great deliciousness, too.

If you have the ingredients on hand -- which are few and cheap -- then it takes about an hour and a half to go from thinking, "I want some beer bread" to eating some, which is wonderful, considering how long most breads take to make. Even better, only about five minutes of that time is work. Mostly it's waiting for it to bake and cool.

Here is the recipe:

  • 3 c. self-rising flour (buy it at any grocery)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 12 floz beer (one bottle)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Melt the butter. Mix the other ingredients just until it's all wet. Pour the dough into a 9" by 5" loaf pan and put it in the oven for 55 minutes. When it's done, put the loaf on a cooling rack for about half an hour. Eat the bread.

So far, I've made bread with:

  • Victory Hop Wallop
  • Victory Festbier
  • Magic Hat #9
  • Vyskovske Pivo

I'll almost certainly make some Victory Hop Devil beer bread this weekend.

My favorite was the Hop Wallop, but Gloria said it was much too beery for her. Hop Wallop is one of my favorite beers. It's an 8.5% ale, and it's extremely hoppy. Hop Devil is very similar but is 5% and has a slightly less overwhelming flavor.

Today's bread was made with the Vyskovske, which I got at Tanczos for (get this) $8. That's for a case. The beer had a "best by" date of late 2005, but I figured that for $8 a case, it would be fine for bread. I had some of the beer, and it wasn't so bad. Fresh, it was probably a decent beer. As it is, it will serve me well for 22 more loaves of bread!

I cannot stress enough how very easy and delicious beer bread is. Make some soon!

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  • I'll have to make some tomorrow night. I'll let you all know how it works out.

  • I wrote a post [perl.org] about that a while ago. I cheated and used a bread machine, which is now broken :-( (the post that holds the kneading blade fell out). Also, I used stout, though Young's has lately gotten more expensive, so I've been using stout from the local pizza brew pub which is almost the same. And stout makes the bread too stouty, so I've been diluting it about half and half with milk.
  • Did I miss what happens to the butter after it's melted? Mixed in? Used to grease the pan?
    • I use a butter-based spray to lube the bread pan. The melted butter is poured onto the top of the dough once it is in the pan. This makes the top get all crinkly, golden brown, and really significantly more delicious.
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      rjbs