Unless it is a quick bread, like banana or pumpkin, it can be scary. Bread scares people. It seems too difficult. But really, when you think about it, people were making bread before they could read a recipe. ...before they could drive a car to the store for ingredients. ...before they could post recipes on Facebook. ...with the wheat they grew themselves ...every morning ...for all of their lives. How hard can it be??
You can make this in any traditional loaf pan or even a ceramic pie pan and can be cut like cornbread wedges or chopped up for dipping in a party dip.
So as a tribute to my grandma who did make bread every morning on the farm, (so says my dad) I give you...bread.
Really Easy Beer Bread
Ingredients (one loaf):
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons honey (just squirt it and eyeball. It is too hard to scoop out of the tablespoon)
- 1 can beer...if you don't have beer, Moutain Dew or ginger ale works, too. It will be a sweeter loaf, but not yeasty.
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat over to 350. Grease loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Make a little hole (well) in the middle for the honey so it all goes into the dough and not stuck to the side of the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and drizzle the rest of the butter on top of the batter. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to spread it around.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, (I do exactly 50 in a stoneware loaf pan) until top is golden brown and I tap the top to make sure it is not mushy at all. If you did choose to make it in a round pan like a pie plate, watch it closely, shorter time I am sure.
Smell alert: Your house will smell like butter.