It’s been in the mid-60’s in my area the last couple of days and while it’s great weather to curl up with a good book, my mind has been dwelling on another thing I like to do during cool weather. Bake! I’ve been dying to make a loaf of nice crusty bread. So instead of posting what I’m currently reading, I thought I’d post one of the many bread recipes I have.
This recipe doesn’t require you to wait hours while the dough rises. It’s quick and easy and tastes great. You just mix it, put it on a pan, and put it in the oven. It reminds me of sourdough bread, not the same thing, but I think it’s close.
3 ½ cups of all purpose flour (I have used whole wheat flour too.)
3 Tbsp white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking power
1 ½ tsp salt
1 12 ounce can of beer (Don’t use light beer.)
1 egg, beaten
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees, making sure the rack is in the center. Mix all of the ingredients except the beer and egg together in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the beer and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead to form a ball. Place on a slightly greased baking sheet and cut an X in the center of the loaf. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
The bread never seems to cool at my house before we cut it and slather it with butter. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
On a separate note, on Thursday, 9/8/11 I'll be guest blogging at "Off the Keyboard" the official blog of award winning author Sarah Grimm. http://www.authorsarahgrimm.blogspot.com