Something about Sunday mornings just says….warm bread. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because my Mother would cook breakfast for us only on weekend mornings. It usually involved waffles, fritters or eggs of some kind. I’m not so much into sweet things for breakfast, again that may be because of my Mother. (Do you think the unnatural influence of my Mother on this paragraph is weird?) Our only choices of breakfast cereal were Cheerios, Shreddies or shredded wheat. I now cannot stand sweet things in the morning…come back after dinner though, I’ll make up for it.
Enough babbling though. Back to the warm bread.
Sunday mornings…mmmm. I love a good hearty bread and I love it even more when there is no kneading, no chilling, no yeast, no rising, no…..well, you get the idea. Sunday is the holy day, no? At least I think it is, something about not working today right? Sorry, I have no formal religion to back me up here. I’m just guessing that most people embrace Sunday as their last day of rest before resuming the drudgery that is the working week. This recipe is for you!
Usually on Sundays, what rests in the fridge (if I’m lucky) is a few stray cans or bottles of beer. I was lucky today! And os here my friends, is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty egg and bacon breakfast. Also good as toad in the hole (not the English sausage in a blanket, but the egg cooked in a little hole cut into your toast).
Hearty Garlic & Herb Beer Bread
2 cups Whole grain whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 cup of fresh herbs, chopped ( I used chives, thyme, oregano and basil)
1 14 oz. can of beer (you might need to use one 12 oz. can and some water or just buy a big English ale like I did and drink the last 2 oz.)
2 Tbsp. Melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Sift dry ingredients together, add garlic and herbs and mix very well.
3. Grease a 9in. loaf pan with butter.
4. Stir beer into dry ingredients, blending well but not overmixing!
5. Pour batter into loaf pan.
6. Pour melted butter over loaf and place in oven for 45-55 minutes.
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