Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

BAM! The Best [Beer] Bread

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This might be the best thing since sliced bread! (Sorry I’m not. I just had to 😂). I made this over winter break and just resurrected this recipe. This Beer Bread is great with chili, soups and stews — anything to sop up that juicy broth — or even as an easy side to hearten up a salad for a meal. It’s really fun to play with the flavors of beer. I tried a spiced winter stout, a pumpkin beer and an IPA. The bread doesn’t require any rising thanks to the yeast in the beer. I took this recipe from Gimme Some Oven and she melts butter over the top to give the bread both a golden appearance and a nice crunch. I still copied this, but with a different form cut back the total amount of butter added.

Ingredients (1 slices; makes 1 loaf cut into 12 slices).

  • 3 c flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 beer of choice (12 oz.)
  • 3 T agave (or honey or maple syrup) *
  • 2 T Smart Balance, melted (or butter!)

* NOTE: if using a very hoppy and/or bitter beer, you may want to increase the agave (or sugar of choice) to 1/4 c.

Directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a loaf or bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour in a third of the beer (about 1/2 c) with 1 T agave and mix well. Repeat until beer and agave are gone and a sticky dough forms.
  3. Place the bread dough in the greased pan. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter until butter is gone and the top is well coated.
  4. Bake for 40-50 min or until loaf begins to brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Slice and serve warm as is, with butter, or however you top your freshly backed bread.
  6. Enjoy!

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven‘s “Honey Beer Bread.”

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