Buttery Beer Bread

I made this to go along with our Pearl Barley Minestrone and it was perfection! When it first comes out of the oven the top is crunchy and the middle is soft. As the bread sits it softens up and becomes less crusty.

 

Buttery Honey Beer Bread
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup bread flour
  3. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 3 tablespoons honey
  7. 1 bottle (12 ounce) your favorite beer (use a lighter ale - I used Blue Moon Belgian White)
  8. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with baker's joy or butter. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, blend together both kinds of flour, the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in the honey and beer and mix on medium until just combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan, it will be very sticky. Evenly pour half the melted butter over the top of the batter.
  3. Transfer the pan to the oven and place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any butter that may drip from the pan. Bake for 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean and the top is golden brown. Brush the other half of the melted butter over the top of the bread after you've pulled it from the oven.
Adapted from cookiemonstercooking.com
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Guinness Chocolate Cake

Guinness Chocolate Cake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 ml Guinness
  2. 1 cup butter, sliced by tablespoons
  3. 75 g cocoa
  4. 400 g granulated sugar
  5. 140 ml sour cream
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  8. 275 g all-purpose flour
  9. 2½ teaspoons baking soda
Icing
  1. 300 g cream cheese
  2. 150 g powdered sugar
  3. 125 ml heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F, and grease and line a 9" springform pan.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, and add the sliced butter. Heat until the butter is melted, and remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
  3. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla in a bowl or mixer; then pour the chocolate mixture into the sour cream mixture and blend.
  4. Finally beat in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour the batter into a the springform pan, bake for 50-60 minutes (touch the top of the cake to test, it will spring back when touched if done). Leave to cool completely in the pan.
  6. For the icing: Beat the powdered sugar into the cream cheese. Add the cream, and beat again until it's spreadable. Ice the top of the cake only (so it looks like the frothy top of a glass of Guinness).
Notes
  1. This recipe works best if you line the bottom of a tight-fitting springform pan with parchment paper.
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