Old-Fashioned Beer Bread

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READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat milk in microwave until just warmed (about 35 seconds)Dissolve 1 tsp sugar into warm milk.
  • Sprinkle yeast over milk mixture and let sit for 10 minutes or until mixture is foamy.
  • Heat beer, 2 tbsp sugar, butter, and salt together in a saucepan until butter is just melted.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm (if it's too hot it will kill the yeast).
  • Beat in yeast mixture with a fork.
  • Place 4 cups flour into a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the beer mixture and then the yeast mixture.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon; mix dough with hands when spoon requires too much effort.
  • Place 1/4 cup flour onto work space and turn dough out onto the flour.
  • Knead for 10 minutes, adding as much of the remaining flour as the dough will take. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl and roll it around until well coated.
  • Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for two hours or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough in the bowl.
  • Roll back into a ball and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide ball in half and knead each half into a ball.
  • Using a rolling pin, gently roll each ball into an 8x11 inch rectangle.
  • Starting at the narrow end, roll each rectangle up tightly.
  • Pinch the ends and the seams together and place the loaves seam side down into greased loaf pans.
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix egg yolk and water together.
  • Brush the tops of the loaves lightly with egg wash and then slash the tops of the loaves with a large knife (the sharper the better).
  • Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden.
  • Loaves should make a hollow sound when tapped.
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