Beer bread. Wait, what?


Yes.  I had never heard of beer bread until I got the kit as a gift.

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Interestingly enough, I don’t like beer.  Even more interesting is that I don’t drink.  Why would someone give this to me as a gift you ask?  Because I make homemade bread and although it tastes great I haven’t quite mastered making it pretty.  Also, it doesn’t make for good sandwich bread.  Apparently a regular loaf pan was elusive so in comes the kit.  I get a nice pan plus something new to try.  Why Yuengling?  Because it got the most votes among my peers.

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Now I’ve only ever made bread from scratch so I’m used to having a bit more control with ingredients.  Flour, salt, water, eggs and oil.  The box called for 12 ounces of beer (not light) and nothing else, however, so I added the beer to the flour and stirred.

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Very wet…and beer smelling.  The smell is a less intense version of this when I make my own bread.  I hoped for the best and moved forward.

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I poured the mixture into a greased and floured pan, put it into an oven preheated to 375 degrees and waited.

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40 minutes later this is what I had.  The first thing I did was test the non stick factor of the pan: perfection.  I waited a little while for it to cool before cutting it.  That lasted about ten minutes before it was off to the cutting board.

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I don’t know if it was the brand of beer I used (if lager made a difference) or if it’s just because, you know, I don’t like beer, but I don’t see myself doing this again.  lol  All I could taste was the beer with the texture of bread instead of…liquid.  The packaging suggested substituting ginger ale.  I should have opted for that.   lol

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So now what?  Beer batter shrimp?  Boiling hot dogs in beer and a drunken chicken have been suggested to me.  What do you think I should do?

 

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