Hi everybody! The recently-posted soda-cake recipe reminded me of my delicious (and hella-easy) beer bread recipe. I hope this counts as contributing to this community, because i totally mooch off all your ideas and never contribute anything myself. Me = community mooch :( Anyhoo! Beer bread is INCREDIBLY easy to make. I've tried several recipes, ranging from insanely basic (self-rising flour and beer) to ultra-complicated (took 2 days with all the freakin' steps!). Finally, I just messed around in the kitchen and came up with this:
_Tasty Ass Garlic and Cheese Beer Bread_
3 cups self-rising flour
1 (12 ounce) can of beer
1 cup (or more, if you like) shredded cheese
2 teaspoons salt
garlic powder (to taste)
half teaspoon sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Mix everything in large bowl. You'll probably need to use your hands. This is fun-- really squish your fingers in there. Feel it ooze between your fingers. Become one with the dough.
3. Grease up a loaf pan and dump the dough in there. You can try to smooth out the top to make it look nice (spray PAM on your hands and go at it), but it doesn't matter. If anybody makes fun of your bread's funny-looking top, slap them. With a large carp.
4. Bake for 1 hour. Ta-daaa!
*I used to call it Gail's Tasty Ass Garlic and Cheese Beer Bread, but then it sounded like *I* had a tasty ass, and people laughed at me.
*I've only ever used Budweiser, but from other recipes I've read online, you should NOT use dark beers. Plus Bud's cheap where I live. Or just snag one from a friend's/parent's fridge. Crash a frat party.... I don't know where I'm going with this.
*The bread will be heavy. Don't drop the loaf on the floor. I ate it anyway, but-- I mean, i don't eat food off the floor. Heavy bread. Watch out.
*This bread is especially tasty toasted with a big gob of butter on the top. It's a little crumbly, though, so if you plan on using it for sammiches, make them when the bread is fairly fresh (within first couple of days).
*You may need to play with the amount of salt. I DUMP a frickin' ASS TON (that's metric) of garlic powder in my bread, and mine comes out ultra garlic-y and a touch salty. Man, I love garlic.
*Most recipes say "self-rising flour" but my hand-written one just says "flour." I can't remember if I used actual self-rising or I was lazy and used the plain flour we had in the cupboard. Oh well, if someone's lazy, you can try out the regular flour one day. Also, you can substitute other kinds of flour (wheat, uhh.. other kinds), just as long as you end up with 3 cups total. Or so I've been told.
And there you have it! This bread is fairly cheap (and filling!), even if you have to go out and buy all the ingredients. Seriously, the most expensive part will be the beer, which is why I suggested 'liberating' a can from somewhere. Plus, it's so easy-- if *I* can make it, ANYONE can. Let me know if you have any questions, and please excuse my weirdnicity. I'm an odd duck.