You guys, I baked!
It’s been a few months since I posted a recipe. Honestly, I kind of hate the kitchen in our new home so I haven’t had much of a desire to bake while we’re working (but mostly waiting) on doing some renovations. But my need to bake something has still been there all this time, so I finally gave in. And it felt damn good, I tell you.
In the fall, I naturally love all things pumpkin, and every Sunday the Hubbs and I sit down to watch a day’s worth of football while enjoying a beer or two. Lately, I’ve been all about the pumpkin beers and when I came across this recipe for beer bread, I thought, why not try it with my beloved Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pumpkinhead Ale?
And thus, the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Beer Bread was born. Although the pumpkin flavor didn’t translate, the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors in the beer melded subtly and perfectly with the buttery bread. I was left with a delicious and super moist loaf that is perfect for an appetizer, dinner side, or even a treat on its own. Of course, you can use any beer to make this bread – the recipe is not dependent on Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale! But it sure is good!
(as modified by me)
~ 3 cups bread flour, sifted
~ 3 teaspoons baking powder
~ 1 teaspoon kosher salt
~ 1/4 cup granulated sugar
~ 1-12 oz. can or bottle of beer (I used Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, as mentioned above)
~ 1/2 cup melted butter (although 1/4 cup will work fine)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Add the beer and mix until just combined – do not overmix! The batter should be somewhat lumpy.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Press down gently with a spatula or the back of the spoon to even out the dough, but do not press firmly or smooth.
Pour the melted butter over the batter.
Bake for approximately 1 hour (check after 45 minutes – mine was done in 50). The bread should be slightly golden in color but not darker, otherwise it will dry out.
Let cool for approximately 15 minutes.
You should then have yourself a chewy loaf with a slightly crisp, buttery crust! Enjoy!