I’ve never made a loaf of bread before. I’ve never wanted to take the time to let it rise and kneed it and let it rise again. It’s always seemed like I would need to save a whole day if I wanted a fresh loaf of bread, and who has time for that?
As I was perusing the internet, I came across a couple of quick-no-kneed breads which got me thinking that maybe one day I could take on this challenge. The last thing holding me back was the fact that I have zero yeast in my apartment. Zip, none, nada and no plans on purchasing any. However, I’ve had a couple of bottles of beer sitting in the back of my refrigerator for who knows how long. I think it’s been about a year. No one here really drinks beer and I’m not exactly sure why we have it in the first place.
I saw Gimme Some Oven’s pin for a Honey Beer Bread and a light bulb went off. This bread was incredibly easy to make! I like hardy breads, and this was definitely on the heavier side. It has a nice crispy top and a soft center. It was so tasty that both my boyfriend and I went back for a second slice at dinner. We ate it plain, but warm with butter and jam on it sounds like a perfect breakfast! It’s best served warm.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50-60 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Makes: 1 loaf
3 cups of whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar 1 tablespoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons of agave 1 12 ounce bottle of beer 4 tablespoons of butter, melted
1) Preheat oven to 350º F.
2) In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt).
3) Slowly stir in the agave and beer. The beer will foam when added to the dry ingredients. I pour it in about a third at a time to let the foam die down. Stir just until all ingredients are combined being careful to not over mix.
4) Melt 2 tablespoons of butter (I used the microwave) and pour into a bread loaf pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with the butter.
5) Add the mixture to the loaf pan.
6) Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and pour over the top of the mixture. I made sure to cover everything with the butter. You can add more butter if you want.
7) Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if it’s done. The toothpick should come out clean when you poke the middle.
Once it’s done, you can dig in as soon as you want! I let mine cool for a little bit since the edges have a tendency to crumble. Enjoy!