I’ve heard you should never go grocery shopping when hungry. Add to that: you should never peruse recipes when hungry. Just like you’ll want to buy one of everything; you’ll want to make one of everything. Luckily for me, I found a simple recipe to try: Beer Bread.
Or so I thought.
With six ingredients and 45 minute bake time I figured I couldn’t go wrong and quickly I’d have a piping hot loaf of bread to slice into. Which is pretty much how it went.
- 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 3 T. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 oz beer
- 1 T. melted butter
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add beer and stir until just combined.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface ; knead quickly to form a ball.
- Place on a baking sheet or pizza stone and sprinkle with four. Slit an X across the top with a bread knife.
- Brush the top with melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I found the dough extremely sticky (perhaps I added too much beer??) so I kept adding flour which didn’t seem to remedy the situation. How are you supposed to knead bread dough that sticks? Not that I know much about baking bread… Eventually I gave up and mounded the dough into a ball shape.
My bread did not turn out golden brown (after 45 minutes in the oven) looked nothing like the picture, and, quite frankly, didn’t exactly look like normal bread texture. However…
Has anyone ever told you looks can be deceiving? This bread was delicious! Moist and dense with a hint of beer flavor. We cut into it when still warm. Enjoy dipped in a hearty soup or stew or slathered with butter.
Thanks for the recipe, Grandma Mo!