I wanted to make a loaf of bread, and I wanted to make it fairly quickly. I have a recipe for beer batter bread, so I decided to make that.

Problem: no beer. My husband has been on a pickled herring binge, and you MUST drink beer with pickled herring. He only does a half-bottle at a go, but we only had three bottles to begin with, so I needed 12 ounces and only had 6.

So. Here is the recipe, and what I did with it.

Butter-Beer Batter Bread

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 12-ounce can beer
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh oregano leaves (or any herb you like)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (I use a little less)

Grease 1 medium (8 1/2 X 4 1/2) loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350. Measure flour, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir to blend. Pour in the beer and add the oregano leaves. With a wooden spoon or a beater, work the batter for a few moments to be certain all of the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Add more flour, if the batter is really runny.

Pour or spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Pour the warm butter carefully over the top of the batter. It will not be absorbed into the batter until baking begins.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown. A skewer stuck into the center of the loaf will come out clean when the loaf is done.

Remove the pan from the oven but don’t turn out the loaf for 15 minutes. Hold a baking rack against the top of the loaf and quickly but carefully turn upside down, so the top of the loaf is on the bottom.

Put it aside to cool, and to allow the butter to drift back into the loaf.

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So I didn’t put any herbs in it, because I didn’t want to, okay? Instead of the beer, I put in 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of yeast. Let it sit for half an hour while the oven heated up all the way. 1/2 cup of butter? That’s just crazy talk! I used about 3 Tablespoons and it was plenty.

The bread turned out sweet. It probably calls for so much sugar to offset the bitterness of the beer, but I didn’t use beer so the sweetness was pronounced. It was REALLY GOOD BREAD–especially for breakfast or dessert. It was really really good lightly toasted with a little butter on it. Charlie raved about it, so I’m going to try to make it again.

MA

writing prompt: A character plans on a dish but lacks an essential ingredient. Does he/she run to the store? Decide on another dish? Make substitutions? How does that play out?

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