I told you I’d be back with more bread! The cool, crisp mornings in NJ have left me in a baking frenzy. It’s just infinitely more fun to bake when doing so does not transport you to Dante’s Inferno.
Instead, my apartment remains pleasantly warm and smelling of freshly baked beer bread.
Beer bread that is infinitely changeable and easily customized to suit whatever cravings you and your family are feeling that week.
That’s the main focus of today’s post – an all-purpose, customizable beer bread recipe that you can use over and over again all Autumn and Winter long.
Is your family full of carnivores? Throw in plenty of cooked, crumbled bacon.
Or perhaps your fridge is forever full of different cheeses? Throw ’em in!
Sweet tooth talking to you? Add a bit of extra sugar, swap out the oil for applesauce or pumpkin puree, toss in some cinnamon and a sweeter ale and presto!
The possibilities are endless, my friends.
I know I’ve already started thinking of ways to vary this recipe for December. Cranberry and orange would be a superb flavor combo for the holidays (with a classic, crisp and citrus Blue Moon).
I’ve thrown in some oats to give it a heartier texture that keeps you full, and for the beer I went with Dogfish Head’s Abbey Style Dubbel. It’s a nutty, brown ale with hints of caramel that is absolutely divine.
My new favorite for this Autumn to be sure – it would also pair wonderfully with the addition of some chopped walnuts.
Can you tell that I’m writing this post prior to eating dinner? Not a good plan. I am, at this moment, out of this beer bread and currently imagining all of the delicious mix ins I would throw into it before inhaling the entire loaf and calling it a day.
Besides being incredibly versatile in flavor, this beer bread is also great to have on hand ro dunk in soups, stews, pasta dishes or even for things like homemade croutons!
Homemade Bread is the bee’s knees.
Homemade Beer Bread is like, the queen bee’s knees.
You should go home and make some right now.
I’ll be back on Monday with an easy make-ahead breakfast recipe that uses up this whole loaf of homemade beer bread so be sure to check back after the weekend!