Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
Ok, this is a specific recipe ... but is also a method. The flour beer and sugar are consistent ... everything else is extra. Here are some of my favorites and you can really do what you like. Dried vs fresh herbs are best, not too many "wet" ingredients; such as olives, onions, sundried tomatoes, etc., and if you add cheese, no more than 1 cup. - Chile beer at any specialty liquor store, monterey jack cheese and cilantro - Pumpkin beer, yes in the fall, pecans, rosemary, and swiss cheese - Any good dark like Amberbock, apples, dried cranberries and gruyere - Honey wheat, caramelized onion, cheddar, and thyme - Light beer, green chilies, jalapeno jack and cilantro - Red berry or any berry beer, walnuts and provolone with cinnimon - Any dark beer, raisins, cranberries, cinnimon and brown sugar vs white - Bock beer, sundried tomatoes, olives and oregano - Maple or pumpkin beer, cinnimon, raisins, pecans and dried apples I have used bacon bits and cheddar; all herbs; or just cheese. Endless combinations. But this is a favorite for breakfast or even a late night snack with cream cheese. Many of these are available year round at most larger liquor stores any many of the beers are available during seasons, like the Pumpkin and Maple available during the Fall and Winter months. A hearth Bock for some brewers is available in winter and it is good with Mediterranean flavors. Now this is the basic recipe ... 12 oz beer (I use a standard bottle with is 12 oz) 3 cups flour self rising, sifted (sifted is important), if not using self rising, use all purpose, but add 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup sugar (flavorings) However below is my updated recipe for the maple walnut.
- 12 ounces beer (maple flavored)
- 3 cups flour, sifted (self rising)
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- The batter -- Sift the flour and add to a large bowl. Add the sugar, beer and seasoning and mix. I do like the beer to set for a few minutes so it isn't ice cold. Pour all in a loaf pan and cook for 50-60 minutes at 375. Half way through brush the melted butter on the top of the loaf for a golden color. For the sweater breads I usually top it with melted butter.
- Have fun with it and try a variety of flavors. Just stick to the basic recipe and it is virtually full proof. I have probably made 50+ varieties by now.
omg, this bread is a HIT! I used a nut brown ale and walnuts..wonderful paired with your pork recipe, the only thing I did was baked this in a casserole dish, I like the "artisan" look sometimes ;) ..Thanks much & this recipe will be in my rotation!