Fremont Wandering Wheat Beer Bread

Fremont Wandering Wheat Beer Bread
  • Difficulty:

    1
  • Prep Time:

    5m
  • Total Time:

    1h
  • Servings:

    11

Description

Beer bread is one of the easiest things you can bake from scratch. Fremont Brewing's Wandering Wheat makes an especially tasty version. As breads go, it's hard to imagine anything easier to bake than beer bread. It takes just a handful of ingredients and a moment of stirring, then you can ignore it for nearly an hour while it fills your house with a glorious mouth-watering aroma. It works best with light-tasting, lightly-hopped beers, so Fremont Brewing's Wandering Wheat, with its delicate citrus flavor and wheat beer yeastiness, is ideal.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups Fremont Wandering Wheat Beer
  • 3 Tbsp. small-batch local honey, warmed slightly to make it runny
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted (plus 1 more to brush the loaf, if desired)

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 375° F. Grease a standard 9"x5" loaf pan and set it aside while you prepare the batter.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the beer.
  3. Stir together the warmed honey and melted butter, and pour them into the bowl as well. Fold the ingredients together with a spatula or wooden spoon until they're just combined. The batter should be uneven and slightly lumpy. The finished bread will be tough and chewy if you mix the batter until it's smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into your loaf pan, and rap the pan against your counter once or twice to eliminate any large air bubbles. Bake the bread for 45-55 minutes until it's golden brown and no longer doughy in the middle. Slide a bamboo skewer into the thickest part of the loaf to test. The bread is done if the skewer comes out clean, or with a few moist but firm crumbs clinging to it.
  5. Rest the loaf in its pan for at least 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. For a glossy and softer crust, brush the loaf with 1 more tablespoon of melted butter while it's still hot.

Tips

It’s easy to add flavor with some simple variations on this recipe. Bring out the gentle citrus and floral flavors in the beer by adding ½ teaspoon of ground coriander and ½ tablespoon of finely minced orange zest to the batter. It also helps if you choose an artisanal honey with a distinct floral flavor of its own.

A loaf made by substituting whole-wheat flour will be slightly denser and more strongly flavored, so you might want to add another tablespoon of honey. You might also use spelt flour, which is slightly sweeter and gives the loaf an attractive golden color.

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