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)
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.