I heard that you could bake a decent bread with nothing more than beer - no yeast - so I decided to give it try. After some Internet research this is the combination recipe I decided to go with.
Beer Breadmakes 1 loaf
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp dried dill
1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
12 ounces beer
Heat oven to 375°. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, dill, and cheddar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly stir in the beer and mix just until combined. The batter will be thick.
Spread the batter in a greased 8-inch loaf pan, brush with an egg glaze if desired, and bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool 10 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.Here's what I think:
This was a really stiff dough so be prepared to strong arm it. It rose well in the oven just as advertised and made a great looking loaf as you can see from the picture. The cheese was a good touch and I would use that again.
I used a really strong beer that I had in the fridge and it left a pretty bitter after taste... next time I'll use a cheaper, milder beer.
Other recipes I've seen call for as much as 1/4 cup of melted butter poured into the bottom of the pan and over the top instead of an egg wash and I like that idea (maybe not 1/4 cup though). You can't go wrong with butter.
Every recipe is not a complete success the first time or at least not to my taste the first time. That's why I tell you all about it warts and all. I'll try it again with some tweaks because this was tasty and super easy.
Until next time,