I used to be a consultant for Tastefully Simple. It was a lot of fun, but I was no good at it. I’m just not much of a sales
person. Luckily, some of the products sold themselves and one of my favorite things was one of them. Beer Bread. Yum! If you’ve never had beer bread, you’re really missing out. If you don’t drink beer (like me) don’t worry. You can’t taste it. The beer just gives it a little bit of tang.
You can use other carbonated liquids too. Mountain Dew mixed in with a little bit of cinnamon chips and drizzled with a simple powdered sugar glaze is a really nice treat. You can even use a cherry cola and make a cherry flavored glaze. Use your imagination. The original beer bread is fabulous with bread. Leftovers, if you have any, aren’t good by itself, but they make a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich.
Besides this recipe being pretty versatile, it is also inexpensive. You don’t need expensive beer here. Guiness in not required! Use what you have or what’s on sale. Besides the beer, all the other ingredients you’ll have on hand. When I started out with Tastefully Simple, a package to make one loaf of beer bread was $4.99. Today is is $5.49. To me, that makes this bread not only versatile…but a bargain!
Beer Batter Bread
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 12-ounce bottle of beer
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the beer all at once and mix as little as possible until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
Pour into a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and pour melted butter over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing or it will just fall apart on you.
NOTE: The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of butter. That’s just way to much for me — but go ahead and give it a try if you must. Long live Paula Deen!