This is my second load of beer bread, the first baked a few months ago when I wanted a grill cheese. Gen and I don’t normally buy bread (he eats it way too quickly) so when I have the rare craving for a sandwich I try to make something from scratch. I’ve made a couple of other breads in the past.
The loaf above was my first, just a plain white bread. Tasty but nothing special. So far last month’s Spicy Cheddar Irish Soda Bread has been my favourite because of its flavour and crumb. But today’s beer bread was a pretty big hit and will come back for sure.
This beer bread is fluffy and light on the inside with a substantial crust. I added some spices for extra flavour but feel free to omit these, it stands up on its own!
Easy Beer Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 (12 ounce) can/bottle dark beer
- 1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together dry ingredients (as opposed to sifting, I don’t have a sifter but I find whisking helps this).
Pour beer into dry ingredients and mix until combined, will be sticky.
Plop the dough into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, cover the dough with melted butter.
Bake appx 1 hour (check at 50 mins, my oven runs hot), remove from pan and cool on a rack for 15 minutes.And what should you do with this bread? Oh, how about make a delicious sandwich?!
Caprese Sandwich made with Beer Bread• Beer bread• Fresh mozzarella (preferably di bufala)• Tomato• Basil• Olive oil• Salt and pepperSlice the cheese, bread, and tomato. Lightly drizzle a pan with olive oil, layer in bread, cheese, tomato, basil, salt and pepper, and top with a drizzle of olive oil. Top with another slice of beer bread. Brown both sides of the sandwich, eat.