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There's some speculation that agriculture was started to support the making of alcoholic beverages. Certainly, in ancient cultures like Egypt, beer-making and bread-making seem to have arisen at the same time, with beer-making possibly coming first. The two are very closely linked.

In honor of that, and of the apparent linkage between snow and beer, I present my recipe for

Beer Bread!


3 cups all-purpose flour (King Arthur brand works the best for me)
3 tbs sugar
3 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 12oz bottle of beer, room temperature
a little warm water (if needed)
nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add beer, mix until you get dough- you may have to add a wee bit of warm water; you're aiming for something that comes away from the side of the bowl into a lump. Do not mix too long. Put dough into a greased standard loaf pan (I usually use a thick ceramic one that works very nicely, but that's not necessary). If you like, dust a little nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Bake for 1 hour. It's done when a skewer comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a rack for a couple of minutes before slicing.

This is great warm or toasted or room temperature, with butter or jam or honey or just by itself. You can try different types of beer, or adding nuts or fruit. I've even added a mashed bannana and a bit more flour and gotten credible beer bread. It's also very forgiving in that you can bake it a bit too long and the crust just gets thicker.

Enjoy!

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I knew I'd forgotten something! ::throws ingredients into bread maker::

I love beer bread! My coven frequently uses beer bread for the cakes and ale during our Sabbat Rituals. We use beer that we made ourselves as a part of a Lughnasadh Ritual. The beer came out really well. Its very dark and strong but smooth with an almost chocolate or mocha-coffee aftertaste. Makes for some awesome whole wheat beer bread!

Re: I love beer bread

Sounds like a lovely brew. Home-brew is ever so much better for ritual use, I have to admit.

How much success have you had with whole-wheat beer bread? I tried, years ago, and it just didn't seem to rise enough. Maybe I should try again...

Re: I love beer bread

A friend made it using her own recipe and it worked great. Tasted fantastic and was very filling.

Thanks so much for posting this! I used to make beer bread quite a lot but have forgotten over the years how good it is.

Have you tried it with a stout?

Yeah, though not recently... IIRC, it works just fine...

Don't know about your history there. I always understood one of the reason beer-making took off so well is because it kept longer than bread did. Sumerian tradition is that they discovered the fermentation process by accident. They don't detail how, but they did leave behind a recipe, in the Hymn to Ninkasi (goddess of brewing), which involves taking barley bread and crumbling it into water to make the mash. This would indicate that they had bread first.




I've heard both sides of the argument. Might be one of those chicken-or-egg things. Romantically, I give precedence to beer. ;-)

Works for me! Shoot, it was about 6,000 years ago. There are arguments about events only 20 years old.

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