by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Sunday, November 11, 2012
All-in-One Beer Bread Kit + Apple Cheddar Beer Bread
Even simpler? Eating it.
It's an all-purpose sort of loaf. Toast up a fat slice and slather it with butter for breakfast. Set the loaf out to eat alongside a pot of steaming soup. Give it some sweeter add-ins like dried fruit and top it with sugar and cinnamon before sliding into the oven to get a nice, sugary crust that makes for delicious dessert or even french toast.
The basic recipe is open to so many interpretations and flavor-additions, as well. You (or they) can personalize their loaves to their mood. And my mood? Apples. Apples and Cheddar, actually. This loaf would be right at home alongside a bowl of Cheese Soup. Or even bean soup. Oh, with sausage! Mmmm...
- 2½ c. unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ c. white whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- add-ins (optional- see below)
- 12 oz. beer, at room temp.
- 1 egg beaten w/ 2 Tbs. water
- 1 smallish apple, diced small (peeled, if you wish...to yield ~1 c.)
- 1 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tsp. minced, dried onion
- ~6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped a bit
If you like, tuck a new kitchen towel underneath for color and tie the whole thing off with some raffia or ribbon. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can even break out that cello-wrap stuff and wrap the whole thing up in a pretty little package.
-Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomato (4 oz. crumbled goat cheese + ½ c. finely diced sundried tomatoes)
We’d also love to feature your Gifts from the Kitchen on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too. So tell me - do you make "kitchen gifts" to give away during the holidays? If so, I'd love to hear what you make, I'm always looking for inspiration. Feel free to leave the link to any in the comments.
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.