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    Beer Bread

    I am desperately seeking a recipe for beer bread. I've tried many, but none compare to my Aunt's. (She's no longer with us)
    It has a crunchy, salty crust, and very moist and dense "innards".

    Anybody out there have what I'm lookin for? <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17>

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    Re: Beer Bread

    I usually substitute the liquid in a bread recipe with beer (dark beers are best) and use molasses for sweetener.

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Well that's an idea-how about the crust? That seems to be the most difficult part to duplicate.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Re: Beer Bread

    You might try spraying water into the oven (with a mister). Apparently commercial bakeries use steam in their ovens during early part of baking to get their crusts. You might try brushing the top of the loaf with salted water.

    hungry now!
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    Re: Beer Bread

    From Joy of Cooking:

    Quick Beer Bread
    Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 f. Grease an 8.5 x 4.5 inch (six cup) loaf pan. Whisk together thoroughly in a large bowl:
    1 cup whole wheet flour
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
    a tablespoon of sugar
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspone salt
    Add:
    1 1/2 cup light or dark beer (not stout), cold or at room temperature but not flat.

    Fold just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center and all the way to the bottom of the pan comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes before unmolding. Cool completely on the rack.

    Beer Bread
    Bread and beer are cousins. Both are based on yeast-fermented grain. Beer can also be substituted for water or milk in many other bread recipes for the flavor its hops and malted barley add. Strong ales or dark stouts are excellent choices.

    Combine in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer:
    3 1/2 cups bread flour
    1/4 cup cooked brown or white rice'2 tablespooons packed light or dark brown sugar
    1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
    1 tablespoon wheat bran
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    Add:
    1 cup strong beer, ale or stout at rpoom temperature
    1/4 cup milk or buttermilk at room temperature

    Mix by hand or on low speed until the dough comes together, adding additional milk or flour as needed. Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or with the dough hook on low to medium speed until the doughis smooth and elastic. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn it over once to coat with oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume about 1 1/2 hours.

    Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. Punch the dough down, form into a loaf and place seam side down in the pan. Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume about 1 1/2 hours.
    Preheat the oven to 350 f. Bake the loaf until the crust is golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 45 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan to a rack and let cool completely.
    Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker; Scribner 1997

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Thanks Bill for the recipes..I've printed them out and will try them this weekend!

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    Re: Beer Bread

    I may be completely ignorant, but what is beer bread? I've never heard of it before. What is it for?

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Beer Bread is the most delicious concoction ever dreamed up! It has a very dense, almost sweet (beer sweet) inside, with a crunchy, salty crust sort of like that on Dutch Crunch.

    <<What is it for?>>
    <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17>

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Gabi,

    Did you have an opportunity to try those Joy of Cooking recipes. We're waiting
    out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for which is better. And we need to know
    if there is any relation here to Irish soda bread? Inquiring minds want to know. <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>

    Aloha,

    [b]<font color=blue> <img src=/S/sailing.gif border=0 alt=sailing width=25 height=25>Hawai`i Bill

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Hi Uncle Bill,

    Unfortunately not. The weekend got a bit crazy-however, we will have all of our kids home this weekend, and that is typically when lots of baking goes on--So barring any major catastrophe, we should have news by Monday next!

    As for the Irish Soda Bread, I'm not sure I've ever had it and have no idea if it's related in any way.

    Wishing I were in Hawaii instead of Sacramento-

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    Gabi,

    No matter what they tell you, Hawai`i is only a plane ride away.

    Irish soda bread is a complement to corned beef and cabbage. As with the beer bread, can be made with or without yeast. And it has raisins! <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>

    I've spent a lot of time in Sacramento, as staff in both Senate and House way back when. Thirty-five years ago or so. Loved it but didn't live there.

    I know, it's only a plane ride away.

    [b]<font color=blue> <img src=/S/sailing.gif border=0 alt=sailing width=25 height=25>Uncle Bill

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    Re: Beer Bread

    Well, if you could see all the protestors in this city right now you wouldn't believe it! The USDA is holding a conference here about developments in genetically engineered foods, so all the hippies are out in force. Fortunately our boys in blue are keeping a handle on them.

    Funny you should mention that about the House and Senate. I was speaking with a gentleman last night who was the clerk of the House of Representatives in DC for many years. He just retired a couple of years ago. Tried to get some secrets out of him, but he wasn't giving anything up! <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Gabi,

    They get those jobs because they are tight-lipped by nature. You need a few tales of your own to loosen him up.

    If you run into him again, ask him what he thinks of A-76 which is the vehicle the Bush administrationis using to disassemble the United States Government. It's not a new measure, passed originally to move some functions into the private sector, but the Bushmen see a way to privatize, for example, firefighting and forestry. If his eyes narrow to tight little slits, you've got him. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16> Then all you have to do is give him some beer bread!

    [b]<font color=blue> <img src=/S/sailing.gif border=0 alt=sailing width=25 height=25>Uncle Bill

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    Re: Beer Bread

    It's not just hippies that don't like GM. Ask any European what they think about 'scientific proof' that the stuff is safe. BSE (Mad Cow disease) and toxic Belgium chickens are just two examples where the scientists got it wrong. I read yesterday (in the IHT which is produced by the New York Times) that over half of Americans have some concern about GM - 57% I think.

    I'm not a fanatic on the subject but I prefer not to use GM and I would prefer that all products that contain some GM should be labled as such.

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    Bowlie,

    You just stick with beer bread and you'll be fine. <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15> Don't worry too much about the rest.

    [b]<font color=blue> <img src=/S/sailing.gif border=0 alt=sailing width=25 height=25>Hawai`i Bill

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