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Thursday, May 26, 2011

We Baked! Beer Bread!

 Wednesday night's experiment: beer bread!

I only wish chocolate stout actually tasted like chocolate...

Ahhhh, the convenience of just dumping everything into the machine, pressing a couple of buttons, and walking away!

While your bread is baking, you can relax. or...do what I did: go to Costco!

See that mop? I don't think I've ever been so excited to clean floors!

A couple of hours later and voila!

It's actually not as...beer-tasting as we'd hoped. But still quite yummy!
We've thought of two ways to enjoy the fruits of our [machine's] labor:

A nightcap for Eric - beer bread toast and his favorite Old Man Drink - a Manhattan.

And this morning's breakfast - toasted with a spread of blueberry goat cheese!

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens' More Bread Machine Bounty (1994)
  • 1 cup plus two tablespoons dark beer 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 cup bread flour 
  • 2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons molasses 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  1. Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by its manufacturer [in my case, liquids, semi-liquids, salt, flours, yeast]
  2. Program your bread machine to a whole wheat cycle
  3. Enjoy!

Do you enjoy cocktails that are 'inappropriate' for you generation?
Any suggestions for the next yummy bread concoction?


  1. I am so excited that you have an RSS feed for this! I otherwise would probably never remember to check it.

    Bread concoction: Spiderwort. My dad made Spiderwort muffins way back when, and although he forgot to make them small enough (imagine a muffin with stems sticking out) they were quite delicious.

    Also, even though I don't consider myself "southern," Tallahassee is a fairly southern place, so I feel wrong for not liking mint juleps. It's not so much an age thing as a regional thing, but maybe it's also an old people drink, so maybe with time I'll learn to love it?

  2. Blueberry goat cheese?!?!? YUMM!!

    I like gin and tonics because I'm a 70 year old woman at heart.

    The last bread I made in my breadmaker was cinnamon raisin swirl! You have to take it out midway through, roll it out, add filling, and roll it back up, but it's worth it... very tasty!

  3. Rosemary Asiago biscuits are pretty darn good. I bet you can find a recipe for your bread machine, too! I've done a couple beer bread versions, but I use pale ales, since that's what's usually *on hand*. Hmmm. You've inspired me to add a loaf to dinner tonight. Can never have too much starch, yes?