St. Patrick's Day is cause for celebration, especially if you live on a college campus. Last week, the sidewalks, houses, and classrooms swelled with people in every shade of green imaginable; excited no doubt for the food, drinks and celebration that comes every seventeenth of March.
Taking inspiration from the recently-passed holiday, as well as my personal love for bread and beer, this week I decided to attempt traditional Irish "beer bread": easy, old-fashioned, and delicious.
Bread is already one of my favorite food groups; homemade bread, however is a whole new story. The ingredients, the process - it all seemed so difficult. Throughout this entire recipe, I constantly worried about all the ways I could botch the result. The outcome, however, was incredibly delicious and worth every ounce of effort.
This Beer Bread recipe, however, is the definition of simplicity: four ingredients, six steps, and a total of 50 minutes. Combine ingredients, top with butter, put it in the oven and you're minutes away from hearty, bread-y deliciousness. The bitterness of beer smooths out to a subtle sweetness when cooked, creating a soft and overall tasty bread that you'll have to stop yourself from eating in one sitting.
So whether you're missing St. Patrick's Day already, looking for a new way to consume beer, or just love bread and have always wanted to try it out yourself, this is the recipe for you. Simply make, bake, and enjoy!
- 1 12oz. Can (or 1 1/2 C) of Beer
- 3 C Self-Rising Flour
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 Tbs Butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease 9x5 loaf pan.
- Mix flour, beer, and sugar until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Top with melted butter.
- Bake for approx. 50 minutes, until top is golden.