Honey Beer Bread

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The 4th of July is over for another year, and you have beer left. What are you going to do with it??? Honey Beer Bread of course!HONEY BEER BREAD

You are thinking “She must be crazy….left over beer??? Baking in July???? I can’t say much about left over beer since I don’t drink, but baking in July……come on the air conditioner has been invented!

HONEY BEER BREAD


Besides, who wants to be outside when it’s so steamy hot? Not me! This bread is so good, you will want to stay in and bake no matter what month it is. Honey Beer Bread is perfect for all seasons.

Soup, chili, and stews in the fall and winter. Sandwiches, toast, or just when you want a slice of bread the rest of the year.

HONEY BEER BREAD

A friend of mine had a picture of beer bread she made for her daughters graduation party, and although I know hers was from a mix, it looked delicious. I needed to make some!

Where did I go to search? Pinterest of course. I came across this recipe at Gimme Some Oven. First, the pictures were awesome, they made the Honey Beer Bread look so mouth-  watering… I had to try it! I did not change the original recipe click here for Ali’s version.

HONEY BEER BREAD

The only things I suggest are to use local organic honey. Local organic honey is better tasting than store bought, and full of health benefits.

I also suggest a lighter beer, not ‘lite’ beer, but a pale beer. I think a dark beer would be too much, and the color may not be too appetizing.

HONEY BEER BREAD

No words can begin to describe how easy this bread is to make. Six ingredients, less than 5 minutes to mix up, and unattended baking time of around an hour….easy peasy.

Flour, baking powder, and salt….a quick whisk, stir in the beer and honey, Into a bread pan, into the oven, and poof….Honey Beer Bread.

HONEY BEER BREAD

Even a novice baker can make a make a beautiful, delicious loaf of bread in about an hour.

If you love fresh home baked bread, try this quick and easy recipe.

HONEY BEER BREAD

Honey Beer Bread
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup honey*
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer**
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Pour the beer and honey into the flour mixture, and stir until combined.
  4. Melt butter in microwave and pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Add the bread batter to the loaf pan. Brush the loaf with remaining butter.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve immediately. Wrap any remaining bread and store in the refrigerator.
  6. *Use local organic honey whenever possible
  7. ** Use the beer of your choice.

 

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Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

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Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter is a nice compliment to any corned beef and cabbage dinner.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

St. Patrick’s Day occurs every year on March 17. It observances the of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has turned a day of celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.


Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

 My recipe, while not Irish in origin, is fitting for St Patty’s Day. This recipe came from a local restaurant that served what they called Brown Soda Bread instead of a traditional bread basket. It was served on a bread board with a flavored butter. The loaf was the perfect size for two. Although the restaurant is no longer open, I still remember the wonderful bread and the flavored butter that made the bread so extra special.

But alas, as many with restaurants, it was not meant to be. Luckily, I was able to have the owner give me the recipe for Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

Soda breads are fairly dense, moist and hearty. They consist of four basic ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Reaction between the buttermilk and baking soda produces bubbles of carbon dioxide, causing the dough to rise. It is best served the day that it is made, when the crust is crisp from the oven, with plenty of butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

My recipe uses a mix of white and whole wheat flour, and the addition of brown sugar gives a slightly sweet flavor to the bread. Baking in a cast iron skillet gives an extra crispness to the bottom of the loaf.

Now about that butter, sweet but, not too sweet. Fluffy, and easily spreadable. It whips up in a breeze and left overs can be kept in the frig, and used on morning toast.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter is great to serve on St Patty’s Day, but also is perfect for any soup or stew.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

So, anytime you need a hearty, dense bread that is quick to make, try Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour,
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • flour for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl beat egg lightly, add the buttermilk and melted butter. Our wet mixture into dry and stir until combined.
  4. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a cutting board. Scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl onto cutting board and shape into a ball, kneading lightly if necessary. Transfer to cast iron skillet. Sprinkle lightly flour.
  6. Using a sharp knife make an X across the top of the dough.
  7. Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Honey Butter
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Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the butter for about a minute.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.

 

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Butternut Squash Brown Rice

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