How was everyone’s St Patrick’s Day?
As predicted, I got after some celebrating- including drinking a green beer. The beer, I’m not ashamed to admit, was the first served out of the freshly-tapped dyed keg and uh…well, let’s just say that you should let a few people order them before you. The dye is considerably more potent in a fresh keg.
Had to brush my teeth and tongue after it otherwise I would have wound up looking like I had been eating green ICEE’s all day. Keeping it classy over here.
Part of my celebration also included making beer bread, which was demolished in under 5 hours. I didn’t use a fancy beer, or even an Irish beer, though.
As luck would have it, though, there was a plethora of Guinness leftover from my gathering on Saturday. Guess that means that beer bread #2 was in the stars.
Cinnamon Guinness Beer Bread
makes 1 loaf
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1 T honey
1 bottle Guinness (not the draught can – those are larger than the bottles!)
4 T butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
3. Heat honey in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it more viscous, then add to the flour mixture along with beer.
4. Mix the batter until all of the flour is incorporated. It will be very sticky and thick.
5. Pour 1/2 of the melted butter into the loaf pan, pour batter in (you may need to press it gently to create an even thickness) and top with remaining butter.
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
We all know that I’m the girl who loves to cook but cannot bake, so if I’m telling you that this bread is easy and delicious, IT IS.
I’m developing a slight addiction to this stuff, which is slightly problematic, considering I do not need to be eating entire loaves of bread by myself.
I guess that just means I need to have people over more often…you know, so that I can serve them fresh bread. That makes it a totally selfless deed, right?