Last fall I came across a pumpkin beer bread recipe. I am not a huge beer drinker but I found the prospect of baking with a pumpkin ale completely intriguing. I also came across a honey beer bread on Pinterest. I shared it here on the blog http://www.savoringitaly.com/2012/10/pumpkin-lasagne-and-delicious-fall.htmland thought, "This I have to bake today!"
Of course that day never happened and I did sometimes find myself thinking about that bread. Luckily, I had saved the recipe because the blog I found it on no longer exists. I thought, "I wonder what it looks like on the inside? I wonder how wonderful it smells while it's baking? I wonder if it tastes as great as it looks?" Flash forward a year and I am happy to say there was a beer in my refrigerator and I had the opportunity to make this super easy and super delicious bread!
I had a bottle of Stella Artois beer on hand. I think you could use any can or bottle of your favorite beer (as long as it's 12 ounces). I will say that now that the pumpkin ales are back in the markets, that is the beer of choice for my next round of this tasty and sort of healthy bread. Hey! I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and even through a little ground flax seeds into the recipe. Nobody noticed that it was sort of healthy. The beer flavor is very subtle. When you slice it once it's right out of the oven, it is delightful.
Our neighbors came by for a visit and we were enjoying our very fall Florida early evening. The mosquitoes weren't that bad and the temperature was perfect for a nice chat, some hot honey beer bread and a cup of the soup I just finished making. Sort of an impromptu dinner al fresco. With everyone busy with work, school, sports...a relaxing visit with old friends is just what we all needed.
You can put this very easy recipe together in less than 10 minutes. It is perfect alone or go ahead, slather on a little butter while it's still hot. It's really nice on the side of a flavorful fall soup (I'll soon share a few recipes I've made!). Do you have a bottle of beer hidden in your fridge somewhere? You do? Ok, then nothing should stop you from making this bread. Don't wait a year like I did. If you would prefer it without whole wheat flour, totally fine. Don't have any ground flax seeds around, no problem.
Honey Beer Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: approx 60-70 minutes
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 can Beer, 12 Ounce Can
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, ground flax seed, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a small bowl, combine the beer and honey. Stir the beer mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
Pour half of the melted butter into the loaf pan. Spoon the batter onto the butter. Poor the rest of the melted butter onto the batter and with a pastry brush spread it evenly around the entire surface of the batter.
Bake for 1/2 on hour at 350 then lower the heat to 325 and bake for about another 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. It will be hard to wait for the bread to cool before serving to slice.