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Honey Beer Bread

One of the greatest comfort foods is bread. I’m not talking about the basic bread that comes in a bag. I’m talking about cornbread, banana bread, pumpkin bread, and beer bread of course.

These sweet breads make the perfect midday or midnight snack, and are a great alternative to overly sugary desserts. The thing about these breads, though, is that they can take a lot of effort to make.

When you’re craving a bite of warm, sweet cornbread, you don’t want to have to spend the next hour or two whipping up a batch of it.

That’s where beer bread is different. Beer bread is incredibly quick and easy to make, and it doesn’t even require yeast! No yeast, few ingredients, and a quick baking time make beer bread a go-to for anyone on a tight schedule, or for those who aren’t too keen on baking.
The Role of Beer in Beer Bread
As I mentioned, beer bread doesn’t require yeast to rise. That’s because beer contains carbon dioxide. That’s what gives beer its bubbles and foam, and it’s also what helps the yeastless bread to rise.

In fact, you can turn most bread recipes into beer bread recipes by adding in a bit of beer. The beer considerably shortens the baking time and helps the bread rise faster than usual. Plus, if you only add in a little beer to the recipe, the beer flavor won’t come through in the finished product.

However, in the following beer bread recipe, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to taste the beer flavor. While the baking process will remove all the alcohol from the beer, the bitter hoppy flavor will remain.

If you’re health-conscious, you’ll be pleased to know that since the alcohol from the beer gets evaporated during baking, most of the calories from the beer will evaporate, too. Calories in beer come straight from the alcohol content, so less alcohol means less calories.

Honey Beer Bread Recipe

Now, let’s get into the recipe. Another great thing about beer bread is that you can experiment with it. You can try out this recipe with different types of honeys or sugars, and can even turn it into a cinnamon bread by adding in a bit of cinnamon before baking.

Since the recipe is so simple, it’s hard to mess it up. That’s why this is a great recipe for beginner bakers, or for those who don’t like spending too much time in the kitchen.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter1 can FRIO beer

TIME: About 1 hour

Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2 - In a large mixing bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, and salt, then whisk them together. Slowly pour in the honey and beer, then whisk again until well combined.

Step 3 - Take half of your butter and pour it into a 9x5” loaf pan. Spread the butter around so that it evenly coats the inside of the pan.

Step 4 - Pour in the batter over the melted butter and spread it out evenly. Then, pour the second half of butter over the batter.

Step 5 - Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Let your bread cool for a few minutes before eating.

This bread tastes delicious on its own, but you can serve it up with butter, honey, jam, or nutella. You can toast it, too.

If you aren’t so sure that baking bread is worth your time, just give it a try and see what you think after tasting it. You’ll be surprised by how tasty this simple recipe really is.
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