Beer Bread is a great loaf to make for those big game day sandwiches. Go ahead and treat the guys to something special. You may use any kind of beer. Try a few different kinds of beer to find the one that works best for you. The darker the beer the more robust the flavor will be. Use honey for a sweetener with the light beer. Use molasses for a sweetener with the darker beer. So easy to make, and so tasty.
3/4 cup lukewarm beer
1 tablespoon of molasses or honey
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup bread flour approximately
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoons salt
Pre heat oven to 350 F
In a small bowl, combine beer, honey or molasses, and yeast. Let rest for 5 min. or until yeast is bubbly.
In a large bowl mix together the salt, whole wheat flour, and bread flour. Mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl and form a ball. You may have to add more flour or water a little at a time. Dough should be soft but firm enough to knead.
Turn out the dough to a lightly greased surface. Lightly oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 min., or until it begins to become smooth and supple.
Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a warm damp cloth. Allow the dough to rise about 1 hour. Dough should be close to double in size. I place bread dough on top of my stove where it will stay warm. This decreases the proofing time.
Punch down the dough and shape it into an 8" log. Place the dough into a lightly oiled 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan; cover the pan loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let the bread to rise for about 1 hour more. It will be ready to bake when it is about 1" above the rim of the pan.
Place the bread into the oven. Bake the Beer Bread for 30 to 35 minutes. The bread will sound hollow when tapped when it is ready.
Remove the loaf of Beer Bread from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a cooling rack or clean dry cloth. If you would like a softer crust rub the top of the loaf with butter while still hot.
Let cool completely before slicing.
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