Lazy Irish Beer Bread

READY IN: 55mins
Ms B.
Recipe by Len6583

From me own lazy Irish grandmother who died at 100 years plus one day old on Saint Patricks Day back in 1968. I love the way it smells while baking. If you don't like the smell of beer, stay away from it. I also like that you can add it to an oven being used to make something else like a chicken etc. If the other item being baked or roasted requires 325F, just add an extra 10 minu

Top Review by tmkurth

We really liked this. I was originally starting out to make Beer Bread Recipe #73440, but there were a lot of complaints with that one being too heavy and too sweet; so after comparing other recipes to it, I decided to go with this one, which essentially adjusts those concerns - uses less flour, less sugar.

I didn't have self-rising flour, so I had to add 1 tsp of salt and 2.5 tsp baking powder. I sifted the flour directly into the measuring cup, so as to avoid it being packed at all; and the bread was light and fluffy, actually closer in texture to a yeast bread than a quick bread.

When adding the beer to the dry ingredients, the rising action began immediately; so I quickly stirred it just enough to get everything moistened. It was fun to watch, as the bread actually rose while the oven was preheating - would've risen further had I given it a few more minutes, which I will next time.

Bread was light textured inside, slightly crusty outside, about the same sweetness as any white bread (i.e. not noticeably sweet), smelled/tasted slightly of beer but so slightly that no one knew there was beer in it until I told them.
It was a bit crumbly when cutting, difficult to get a a perfect slice; but that's the case with most of my breads :^) so that really wasn't an issue for us. I think we liked this bread at least as well as many homemade yeast breads - and given the level of effort involved, no contest.

Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/lazy-irish-beer-bread-14988#ixzz1HD0ITxVi

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 cups self rising flour
  • 12 ounces room temperature beer (the better the beer, the better the bread. I use Harps beer made by Guiness in Dublin)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Hand mix all ingredients only until well mixed (do not beat or use a mixer).
  2. Put mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375º F degrees.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes.

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