This past Christmas I got some pretty wonderful gifts … money from my parents, a gorgeous dessert plate and cake stand from my hubby and one gift that surprised me the most. My sister gave me this adorable little food basket filled with herb infused olive oil, a bottle of beer, a bag of dough mix, recipe card and a Rachael Ray loaf pan in this hideous orange color. Turns out 1) the orange looks pretty amazing against wood and the handles are convenient. I’m starting to actually like this color. And 2) despite hating beer, I love beer bread. Go figure!
Inside the pan it looks rather ugly don’t you think … maybe even dry?
Well, inside is a whole other story. The bread is soft, slightly heavy and incredibly sweet. I would never in a million years guess the bread would have tasted so good but it did and I instantly became hooked. With a side plate of herb infused olive oil, you’ve got a nice little snack (or dip for soup as my sister suggested).
Together it turns out to be quite a nice little gift that you might consider for the holidays, birthdays or just as “thinking of you” gift for a foodie friend.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1-12 fl oz bottle of Heineken beer
- Ziploc Bag
- bottle of olive oil with dry herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil)
- For Gifting: Mix all dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and place in a gift basket with the bottle of beer, oil bottle and recipe card.
- To Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix drying ingredients with beer until it forms a sticky ball of dough.
- Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread dough evenly.
- Baked 45 - 55 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted in the center and come out clean.