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A Tasty Combination & Whole Wheat Beer Me Bread

Beer Bread Slice
Ah. Now there’s a whole new meaning to the phrase, “beer me.”

Err… not that I use that term all that often or anything. But on those rare times that I do, it could mean, “Hey! Pour me a nice pint there, won’t you?” or, “Hey! Slice me a piece of that bread, good sir.” {I promise, I don’t talk like an old tyme saloon-goer… not usually, at least}

Beer Bread
My point? Beer bread.

Beer Bread
I’ve been reading about it lately {and by “reading”, I mean drooling over photos golden-crusted loaves}, and I just had to try it out myself. I altered a favourite quick bread recipe of mine, followed suit in the typical one bottle of beer in lieu of other liquids, and came up with this: Whole Wheat Beer Me Bread.

Beer Bread
The flavour and hue of the bread largely depends on the type of beer used – I used Stella Artois {partly because I like it, partly because it makes me feel French, and partly because it’s what was in the fridge}. A heavier beer gives off a slightly stronger flavour and a more golden colour.

This bread is fantastic on its own, or enjoyed with a nice hearty stew or chili. The biscuit-like crust makes the loaf surprisingly nice when used in a sandwich or toasted.

Cheers!

Beer Bread

Whole Wheat Beer Me Bread
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 (330ml) bottle of beer (+1 for the chef…)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup milk
1 heaping tablespoon rolled oats

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk flours, sugar, salt, and baking powder. While stirring, add beer, butter, and milk. Stir just until combined. Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle oats on top.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely before serving.

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  1. charlotte11-24-11

    What kind of beer – an ale or stout? Normally, i’d just try, but hate to waste a good beer – for instance, tried an ale in guinness chocolate cake, and it was way too sharp.

  2. charlotte11-24-11

    Oops, perhaps I should read under the pics before going straight to the recipe!

  3. Stephanie Arsenault11-24-11

    Haha, any type of beer would work, but it would just change the flavour – it’s always fun to experiment! :)

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