I am slowly updating the index pages on the site to make sure all of the recipes are on there with pictures. Today was the Bread Index. I had pictures of all of the recipes except one, Beer Bread. Luckily we had a Sam Adams Octoberfest in the fridge!
You can use any beer you’d like from a light Pilsner to a strong Stout. If you don’t like beer, then you probably won’t be making this recipe, but check out the Bread Index for plenty of other recipes that might be more to your liking. Can you tell I spent a long time on that index and want you to go look at it? ha ha
According to the US Department of Agriculture, 25% of the alcohol will remain in the bread if it cooks for an hour. At 5-8% of alcohol in the bottle of beer, it would reduce to 1-2% for the entire loaf. J will eat maybe a slice or two at most, so I wouldn’t have any problem serving it to him. Maybe I will get lucky and he will sleep through the night! Uh-oh, was the Child Protective Services pulling up outside to check on me?
The nice thing about this recipe is most people have the ingredients on hand. Not everyone has a jumbo pack of yeast in the fridge like I do. And no kneading or rising, just stir, dump and bake – bread in an hour. Since there is no kneading and it is essentially a quick bread you could probably experiment with different kinds of flour (maybe some barley or rye?). The next time I make it I am going to try adding some cheddar cheese and jalapenos.
Until next time, happy eating!