One of my favorite items to bake is beer bread. This bread recipe is simple, quick, and delicious!
This recipe is so easy, it’s fun to experiment with different flavors of beer and combinations of additions. I’ve tried a few beers in this recipe, from light and cheap beers, like PBR, to heavy and dark beers, like porters. The bread can be made plain or with different additions. This recipe uses herbs and onions; I usually use sage or rosemary, but I think any herb would be tasty. I’ve also made this beer bread with cheese and apples, the possibilities are endless! One thing I will be trying in the future is a loaf with roasted garlic in it. If anyone tries that let me know!
For this recipe in particular, I would use white flour and a light beer that won’t compete with the flavor of the herbs and onions. I like to cook my onions in butter but that adds a fried flavor to the bread, using olive oil to fry the onions makes for a mellower taste.
This recipe is a good way to use some of the herbs and alliums from this and last week’s shares. Another option is to make an herb butter or infused olive oil to serve with the bread.
Sage and Onion Beer Bread
3 cups white flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 small onion
A few leaves of sage, or another herb
Butter or olive oil
1. Pre-heat the over to 375 and heavily grease a bread pan.
2. Cut the onion into small pieces and lightly fry in butter or olive oil on the stove to taste; onion should be cooked but does not have to be fully cooked.
3. Chop up the sage or other herbs into small pieces. Optional: can fry herbs with the onions for a very short period of time but it is not necessary.
4. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
5. Slowly add the beer to the dry ingredients while stirring.
6. Fold the onion and herbs into the dough.
7. Spread evenly in the greased bread pan. Bake at 375 for about 40 to 50 minutes, till bread is golden brown on top.
Photo credit: maplespice.com (this recipe looks good too, I just didn’t have a picture of my own bread!)