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.

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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?

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18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    yummmm that butter looks phenomenal!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

      Thanks Lindsay! It is actually Earth Balance and it’s a good thing it is because I cannot stop eating it!

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  2. Trish
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    That looks like a whole lot of carby heaven. I need to make it ASAP 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

      Yes, Trish this bread will certainly satisfy your carb cravings! I hope you make it and enjoy!

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  3. Cassie
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I love beer bread. These spices sound perfect too. The butter sounds out of this world!

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  4. Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog}
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I’ve never had *Gulp* Beer Bread before!!! *Yikes* I know! Where have I been?? I love the butter!!!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

      Sounds like you might need to try this recipe Katie! It is so quick, easy and delicious!

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  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    I love anything with sundried tomatoes & basil – must make!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

      Me too! Anything sundried tomato basil I love!

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  6. Toni Hoffa
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Hey Mercedes,
    Admittedly don’t own a bread pan – have the mini loaf stone that I love but need a true bread pan ~ any recommendations? I love my stones ~ thoughts?
    Thinking I may make this for the upcoming Valentines party at the clinic 🙂
    Thanks!
    Toni

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

      Hi Toni! I have never tried any of the baking stones, so I don’t know how they compare, but I absolutely love the Analon bakeware that I have including my loaf pan. It is very durable and easy to clean.
      Here is a link to the pan that I have and love on Amazon:
      http://astore.amazon.com/satmyswetoo0a-20/detail/B002CZQ7IU
      Otherwise, Macy’s carries Analon as well.
      I think this would be a perfect thing to make for the Valentine’s party! I hope you like it!

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  7. Isabelle @ Crumb
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve recently discovered the awesomeness that is beer bread, and I can totally agree that there’s something wonderful about a loaf you can whip up in minutes. Yeast breads may be fantastic, but they’re not exactly do-able on a weeknight. 😛
    Love the Italian flavours in this loaf, especially with that lovely compound butter. I bet this would be perfect with a hearty stew. Nom!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      It is great with soup or stew! I had it with chili! I hope you like it!

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  8. Matt @ FaveDiets
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    What an awesome idea! Plus, I think I have all of the ingredients needed to make this recipe at home right now.

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      That’s what is so great about this recipe! The ingredients are things you usually have in your pantry!

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  9. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Can I just eat the butter straight? What a delicious bread and butter combo!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 08, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      I know, the butter is so good!

      Reply

  10. Anna Johnson
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    adding to my app list!

    Reply

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