Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beer Bread

Oh cozy September. With your new Fall clothes, golden leaves, rainy days, pumpkins, sweaters and cozy movie nights. I love the changing of seasons. Every season has something special about it. I love the warm clothes of Fall and I love the warm cozy foods. How ironic is it that sweaters just happen to be in season when all the best comfort food is as well? You sometimes need that forgiveness of a sweater, with all the yumminess you MUST consume. One recipe I love to make in the Fall (best paired with warm soup) is Beer Bread. I have 2 versions of this recipe. One that is super easy and one that is a little bit fancy and ridiculously delicious. Here is how to make both.

Easy Beer Bread
3 Cups Self-rising Flour
2 Tbls. of Sugar
1 (12ounce) Beer

Mix all 3 ingredients together and put in a greased bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Crazy Delicious Beer Bread (adapted from Cooking Light. I kid you not)
1 Tbls. Olive Oil
1/2 Cup chopped yellow onion (can be substituted with shallots or green onion)
1/4 Tsp. Black pepper
1 minced Garlic clove
3 Cups Flour
3 Tbls. Sugar
2 Tsp. Baking powder
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Cup shredded Asiago cheese (Can be Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Asiago, or Gouda)
1 (12 ounce) Beer (lager, amber....I have tried many different beers and they all taste great in this bread)
2 Tbls. Butter melted
4 Ounces finely chopped Salami. Optional. (sopressata or regular)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion to pan, cook 10 mins or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic and cook 1 min. Remove from heat. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add onion mix, cheese and beer to the center of the well and stir until moist batter forms. Add salami if using. Spoon into greased 9X5 loaf pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbls. butter. Bake for 35 mins. Drizzle remaining 1 Tbls. of butter and bake an additional 25 mins or until a deep golden brown. 16 servings. (Or if you are a normal human and slice normal size slices, 8 servings)
Nevermind the dent on the right side.... I got excited.

Best served warm with a little butter. Enjoy!