Beer Bread

While technically not required, I urge you to use self-rising flour in this recipe. And then don’t let it stand for too long before baking–a couple of minutes would do the trick, I think. With self-rising flour, letting it stand too long isn’t a good thing; without self-rising flour, letting it stand won’t do anything at all unless you let it stand three days and turn it into a sourdough starter.

While yeast is used in the process of making beer, most commercial brewers filter the yeast out before bottling. If your beer brand isn’t known for its sediment, well, there’s not going to be yeast in it sufficient to make bread. Thus, without self-rising flour, you’ll make a dense, unleavened loaf with this. That said, once you are using self-rising flour, there’s no benefit to letting it sit for too long.

Self-rising flours in the U.S. are a mixture of wheat flour, double-acting baking powder, and salt. The double-acting baking powder (which is itself a mixture of baking soda, an acidifying agent and a drying agent) leavens twice–once in the presence of moisture and again in the presence of heat. So giving it a minute after mixing will let the first stage kick in before putting it in the oven and letting the heat take over.

From a box sold in San Antonio, Texas.

Beer Bread

3 cups flour
2 T. sugar
1 cup beer (room temperature)

Mix flour, sugar, pour in beer.

Let stand… stir — put in loaf pan.

375 deg. 30 minutes.

Yesterdish suggestion: Use self-rising flour for this recipe, unless what you’re really trying to make is a beer brick.

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