Friday, October 10, 2008

Bread-Head

I would never dream of bothering with yeast and kneading in order to make bread. I am very risk averse and the entire bread making process seems so jeopardous. Beer bread felt like a perfect fit for me. The recipe I found stated that the prep time was only 3 minutes - I was sold.

I modified the recipe by adding jalapenos and White X-Sharp New York cheddar from a small general store in upstate New York that we purchased on a trip to visit Forrest's grandparents. I also used Abita Restoration Pale Ale as a homage to my home state (Louisiana). It was my attempt at personalizing this extremly easy bread recipe.

Beer Bread
Recipe modified from RecipeZaar

Ingredients

3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can/bottle beer (I used Abita Restoration Pale Ale)
1/4 cup jalapenos
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar
1/4 cup melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients and beer.

Add to mixture, 1/4 cup of jalapenos and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar.

Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Pour melted butter over mixture.Add 1/4 cup shredded cheddar to the top of the loaf

Bake 1 hour,

remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.


This bread was amazing. I really only took 3 minutes to prepare. And although it took an hour to bake, both Forrest and I agreed that we would have waited several more if necessary. The results were amazing. The crust was crunchy and the center was light and fluffly.

4 comments:

Gabriela said...

Looks wonderful! So robust and hearty with good consistency (read: good and chewey). Thanks for the recipe. I can jsut smell the fresh baked flavor emanating from your magic kitchen.

Woody said...

This bread was unbelievable! it was some of the best bread i have ever tasted.

MaryBeth said...

I bet this bread would be great with a big bowl of thick soup. I am not sure if I could handle that much spice from the peppers but I think it may be worth a try, it looks so good.

Jonathon Binet said...

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