My Sweetie and I spent two weeks in Ireland last October. Not only were we blown away by the complicated food we had in Dublin (like an octopus 'head cheese' -- see photo at right -- or an Italian take on chitterlings) but the simple things like home-made Irish soda bread for breakfast every morning.
Beer quick bread, specifically this quick bread recipe, is so easy it's in a pan before the oven heats up. No joke. It's the perfect go-to addition to a meal if friends drop by unexpectedly.
I adapted (mostly snatched) the recipe from "Half Baked Harvest' one of those blogs that puts up a dozen shallow-depth-of-focus shots before you get to the damned recipe.
Here's the nut graf. You can put anything into this bread. Cheese, different kinds of beer, sub part whole wheat flour, nuts, fruit, anything.
Here's the recipe:
Basic Beer Bread
3 cups flour
4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar (or any granulated sugar)
12 ounces beer (one bottle of beer)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Spoon batter into a greased and floured loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes or until an internal temp of 180 to 190 degrees is attained.
The loaf I made this morning has Deschutes' Obsidian Stout, 1/3 whole wheat flour and chunks of cheddar cheese.
So easy and so good.
Eat well and love big.