July 22, 2011

Beer Bread

Do you know that awkward moment when you are walking by a small store in the mall?

A store you might otherwise not go in, but a nagging sensation is telling you to take a peek?

That moment when you almost walk past it but then hesitate, back up, and go through the door?

You do it because you're positive that you're going to score a deal on some amazing dress from Banana Republic that particular store.  A deal you'll be talking about for years to come and telling all of your friends about.  You'll tell them that they should really check out Banana Republic that particular store more often because who knows what they could find.  It could be a gold mine, really.

And then you walk in the store, feeling the eyes of the sales associate(s) on you.  They're watching you mostly because you're still wearing your workout clothes from your trip to the gym earlier that morning and also because you're heading straight for the clearance rack. You are one of those "expensive store clearance rack" people. 

As soon as you hit the clearance rack, you see a plain gray t-shirt marked down to...$49.50.  *sigh*

It's at that moment that you wheel around and head right back out the door, trying not to look at the sales associate(s) as you do.

What a waste of 48 seconds and 87 calories of heat energy.

You continue on your way to JCPenney's where you know they will have men's t-shirts for $6.99 each.  The non-collared, non-striped kind as requested by your husband.

Am I the only one this happens to on a regular basis??

Anyway, another awkward moment is when you're approached by a co-worker or friend with one of those booklets that "sell things".  "Things" being candles, soap, lotion, home decorations, and food mixes.

You never know how to politely turn them down.  Though sometimes there's something you reallyreallyreally want.  Like beer bread.  I always want beer bread.  However, $83.91 for a little loaf of bread is a bit much (kidding...it's like $6.00 which is still way too much).

After years of buying and hoarding over-priced beer bread mixes, I've come across a recipe for it.

It could not possibly be any easier than this.

Make Your Own:  Beer Bread
adapted from Crumbs and Chaos

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 3/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 (12 oz.) beer [i used light beer]
3 T. sugar
1 T. melted butter

Mix the first three dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar.  Pour in the beer and stir until it's incorporated.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Drizzle the melted butter over the top before baking.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.  Insert a butter knife into the center of the loaf to see if it's done.  You may need to keep baking it for a bit.  Mine took 45 minutes. 

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  1. That recipe is so easy and I love the results. Thanks so much for sharing on Momtrends' Friday Food linky. Stay cool and have a great weekend.

  2. There is a company that sells a box mix of beer bread and I LOVE it. I never knew you could make your own! I have got to try your recipe.

  3. I've spent YEARS paying $5-$10 a box from "the companies". You totally don't need to do that!


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