You have probably heard me mention on this blog more than a couple times how much I would enjoy a Kitchen Aid mixer. Want to know how I recently secured this gift for Christmas? Shiner Bock Beer Bread. Yes, my friend. I made a loaf of this beer bread for Jim the other night and he loved it, said he would buy me a Kitchen Aid for Christmas if I would make more of this bread. This beer bread is so easy that I can guarantee I’m making it for him again. And this basic recipe I found on foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com is super easy only calling for a few ingredients that I almost always have in the pantry. Don’t get me started on how EASY this beer bread is.
Good thing Jim doesn’t read this blog, I imagine he thinks of me in the kitchen similar to the old rice krispy treats commercial, slaving over the oven and measuring a lot of ingredients. Then before I bring the hot freshly baked bread to him I splash some flour on my face. I can’t kid you though, this is seriously easy and I actually… dare I say…. Don’t even think you need a Kitchen Aid mixer to prepare this bread. Let’s please keep that between the two of us.
Here is what you need for the basic recipe:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder (fresh baking powder makes all the difference)
12 ounces beer (I used a Texas Brew – Shiner Bock)
My additional ingredients were:
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon herbs de provence
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt,
1 Tablespoon baking powder
(I read that it is important to use fresh baking powder and I thought mine was fresh, it's only a couple months old. My bread turned out very dense, which was great but I would like for it to be fluffier so I'm using a new jar next time I make this.)
Here is where I got a little creative. I had purchased fresh thyme for another recipe and had a lot left over so I plucked a bunch of leaves off and threw it in the mixer. I love the look and smell of fresh herbs in bread.
I used about a teaspoon (maybe more) of fresh thyme.
1 teaspoon dried oregano and 1 teaspoon herbs de provence. If I could go back I would omit the herbs de provence because it had lavender in it and I didn't like this flavor in beer bread.
Mmmm.... Shiner Bock! The town of Shiner, TX sits between San Antonio and Houston and if you blinked, you just might miss it.
Shiner Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “old country,” could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. -shiner.com
I added a bottle of shiner slowly to my dry mix and let the mixer run on low for maybe one minute. I've always thought bread was very tempermental - mix it too much and you mess it up right? So I mixed until it was incorporated and then did the rest by hand.
I don't have a "real" loaf pan so I used this disposable metal bread pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Brush with egg glaze if you want, and then bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool 10 more minutes.
Definitely serve warm and with butter. Definitely.
Jim's laughing at me because I became so giddy when he said I would get a kitchen aid mixer for Christmas.
For more flavor variations for this basic beer bread, (garlic and herb, dill and chive, italian, rosemary and feta) visit foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com.