Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vegan PBR Beer Bread

stop pulling your hair out!
Too Easy: Vegan PBR Beer Bread
Beer bread, out of the oven, drenched in butter and ready to impress. 
Party season is upon us. We all like the holidays but let's be honest, sometimes they can be a giant pain in the ass. Between work and life, scrambling to come up with something to bring to holiday dinner parties can be enough to make you pull your hair out. Never fear, beer bread is here! This recipe is perfect for just such ocassions, its a no-knead to the nth degree and almost embarrassingly easy. Its also pretty perfect for an I'm-just-gonna-sit-on-my-couch-and-eat-bread-all-day kind of day. It can be thrown together almost literally at the last minute and pairs well with a variety of things. I've eaten it for breakfast with Earth Balance and jam and for lunch/dinner/appetizers with butter, hummus, or whatever else is around. If you're looking for a SUPER easy food gift for Christmas, this is it. Just combing all of the dry ingredients in a mason jar, write out a pretty recipe card with instructions, include a bottle of beer (or not), tie a bow around the whole thing and voila! 
(Almost) instant Christmas gift! 

Beer bread batter, fully mixed. 

You will need: 
1 standard sized loaf pan, thoroughly buttered. 
2 1/2c all purpose flour + 1/2c whole wheat flour
1 1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp baking powder
1tbsp vegan sugar
1 1/2tsp ground sea salt
5tbsp Earth Balance
1 12oz beer of your choosing, 
I used a PBR for the bread in the photos.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Thoroughly grease your loaf pan with 1tbsp of the Earth Balance.
In a medium mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients, stir. 
Pour in beer slowly, dry ingredients will fizz up quite a bit.
Stir slowly until well combined.
Dough will be very wet and sticky.
Pour your dough into greased loaf pan and shake to distribute evenly.

Beer bread batter in prepared loaf pan, ready to bake. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Lower temp to 375 and bake for 30 more minutes or until top is golden brown.
Place loaf pan on a cooling rack.
Melt remaining Earth Balance and pour over top of your finished loaf. 
Let sit for 5-10 minutes then turn out onto a work surface. 
You can eat it right away (it'll be hard not to) or allow to cool, wrap tightly in foil, 
and re-heat when you're ready to party.

Freshly baked beer bread waiting for its butter bath.

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