Monday, February 27, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Beer Bread


This is K&K Test Kitchen's first month participating in the Secret Recipe Club.  The Secret Recipe Club is a huge community of food bloggers where each month every blogger is assigned a different food blog to explore and make a recipe from.  This month we were assigned Fabulously Fun Food.  Go on over and visit Melanie.  I'm excited to follow along as she works towards completing her "30 challenging / intimidating recipes for her 30th year."  For Secret Recipe Club, my challenge was to choose one recipe from her blog.  There were so many tasty recipes to choose from, but for some reason, I just kept going back to this recipe for Beer Bread.  And I am so glad that I made it!  This bread is addictive and sooooo easy to make.  Straight out of the oven it has this lovely crunchy crust, and if it lasts long enough, I highly suggest using it to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Beer Bread
From Greg Norman (Food.com) via Fabulously Fun Food

3 cups flour, sifted (I used 2 cups all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can or bottle beer (I used a dark beer)
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine dry ingredients, whisking to ensure proper mixing and aeration. Slowly add the beer, creating as little foam as possible (there will be foam, and that’s fine, just try to minimize it).

Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Pour melted butter over mixture.

Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.

NOTES from Gerald Norman and Fabulously Fun Food:

This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust. If you prefer a softer crust (like a traditional bread) mix the butter into the batter instead of pouring it over the top.

Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a "hard biscuit" as some have described. That's because they aren't sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the "correct" way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product. If you do not sift the flour, use 2-1/2 cups instead of 3 cups.

If you use a non-alcoholic liquid, add a packet of dry active yeast or 2 teaspoons of bread (machine) yeast so that you get a proper rise.





19 comments:

  1. Oh yum yum yum! This bread sounds amazing and hearty and perfect for soup! Great job!

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  2. My husband would love this bread and I can imagine how good it would be with a big bowl of hearty soul, great SRC choice and welcome to the club.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites and my Group 'D' entry: Health(ier) Peanut Brittle

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I will definitely have to check out your other posts, I love peanut brittle!

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  3. Yum! I love beer bread, so easy AND delicious. Yours looks awesome :)

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  4. This looks great! Sounds easy and delicious!

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  5. I will be making this with stew or soup in the near future. This is great to have a bread that I do not need to knead or let rise! I will have to join in the challenge next month! Thanks, Kelsey!

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    1. Yea Momma, it was so easy and great with soup. I'll make sure I get you the details for next month.

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  6. this is one bread I have never tried to make - yours looks great :)

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    1. It's so easy to make, you'll have to give it a try :)

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  7. Your beer bread made me hungry... wish I had a slice right now! ;-)

    I am sorry you were orphaned on your first time at the SRC, but I bet someone will compensate next month and do a fantastic job cooking from your recipes!

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    1. Thanks Sally! In the end I wasn't actually orphaned, just a misunderstanding. You can see the Mint Chocolate Cupcakes that Veggie WIz made from my blog here: http://veggiewiz.in/2012/02/mint-chocolate-cupcakes-and-the-secret-recipe-club.html

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    2. Oh, I feel silly now....

      I am sorry I missed that - so, even better! You got your first time as nice as it could possibly be!

      I will check out your recipe - but of course, anything chocolate already starts with a big plus for me!

      Welcome to SRC, and nice to meet you!

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  8. This sounds like the perfect bread to pair with a hearty soup.

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    1. It is April! We had it with Eggplant Soup and it was awesome! (Also very good as grilled cheese).

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  9. ooo this sounds perfect for a grilled cheese or chicken salad. I really need to make bread more often.

    Nice job :-)

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  10. OMGosh! I LOVE beer bread! This one looks SO yummy!!!! Glad you chose it. I'm adding it to my list of recipes I want to make.

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