As soon as I saw this recipe for Italian Beer Bread I could not wait for an excuse to make it. And so on Super Bowl Sunday, a day when beer in anything goes, I had already added a bottle of beer to my chili and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to keep the theme going and make this bread.
Although I am certainly overcoming my fear of yeast breads, I still appreciate the ease and convenience of a bread that can be ready to place into the oven in a matter of minutes. This bread is dense, moist and flavorful with a lightly crunchy outside crust. The mix-in combinations and therefore flavor possibilities are virtually endless. I kept it simple in this batch with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, cheese and a little garlic powder, but I think next time I will add fresh garlic and chopped sun dried tomatoes to the dough.
As if the bread isn’t’ special enough, a kicked-up compound butter is the perfect thing to top it off. The components of this Sundried Tomato Basil butter are so great that if you want to try to limit your indulgences, you could even use a butter substitute of your choice and not feel like you are missing anything.
Italian Beer Bread
Keywords: bake bread
Ingredients (1 regular-sized loaf of bread)
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan or fontina cheese
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 12 oz. beer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray regular-sized loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for beer.
Add beer and stir just to combine.
Place dough into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until edges feel set and crispy.
Cool for 15 minutes then remove from pan and serve.
Recipe adapted from SnappyGourmet.com
Sundried Tomato Basil Compound Butter
Keywords: side snack vegetarian gluten-free
Ingredients (1/2 cup butter)
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter
- 2 Tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
combine all dry ingredients
add beer and stir to combine
place dough into prepared loaf pan and bake
for the compound butter, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
serve bread warm smeared with butter
What is your favorite quick bread and/or flavor of compound butter?