Monday, January 07, 2008

add beer & stir .....

making & baking my own bread/s is something i've done for a very long time. of course, it's much easier to run out to a local bakery, of which we have many, and buy it. why sweat? for the most part, i enjoy "sweating" over making it myself. not even so much for the final result — i actually like the process itself a whole lot. making things yourself gives satisfaction that you just don't get from buying it.

all of this this requires patience and energy however (not to mention lots of time). the yiddish word, koyach [כוח], describes it best — breadmaking takes koyach. the negative or opposite idea to this famous yiddish word is the phrase 'hob nisht keyn koyach' [איך האב נישט קיין כוח] and, trust me, plenty of days hob nisht KEYN koyach! this weekend included one of those days (okay, two or three of them actually) where i had zero energy/strength to spend hours fiddling with dough.

those days are when i rely on insane recipes for bread such as the one which i am posting here. i found the following several years back and have made it countless times on those occasions when time was short and i wanted something for toast or a sandwich.

why crazy? well first of all, it requires only 2 ingredients! second of all, there is NO kneading involved and third, it can be thrown together and mixed in under 5 minutes if you're organized. PLUS no dough stuck to your hands! (ok, i like that part but i digress....)

the "secret" ingredient was given away already in the title of this post: beer. i am not really a drinker of alcohol, at all, and was at first a bit hesitant about making this bread. beer is the least of my favourite items to drink ..... regardless, the nature of beer itself is what helps to leaven this quick bread and give it lots of flavour, without an alcohol taste i might add.

after almost an hour of baking, you get a nice loaf of bread with a decent crust and very soft crumb. the only drawback is, if it is indeed one for you, that it's more of a tender interior and not a chewy one. obviously, this is a result of the fact that the dough is not kneaded. i must say, it makes EXCELLENT toast — a nice crisp exterior crust and a soft interior! without being toasted, it makes for nice sandwich bread or eating with a soup.

of course, this will never be like the lengthy 48 to 72 hour breads i often make which give incredibly good bakery-type breads. when you're hungry, who cares? cardboard would taste as good! (not really).

pour & stir beer bread


2 2/3 c self raising [rising] flour*
12 oz or 1 1/2 c beer (any type as long as it's a good one!)

* or make your own


preheat oven to 375 F for at least 30 minutes. grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or 8 inch round pan.

place flour in a bowl.

make well in center of flour. add beer.

stir gently with a spatula or wooden spoon until it is completely mixed. don't be rough, just blend everything together. it should only take less than a minute to do this.

transfer the dough into the pan and bake for 55 minutes.

remove from pan and let cool on rack.

toast or use for sandwiches.

you can also use a smaller loaf pan which will give a more height to your bread than a 9 x 5 inch one.



sari said...

hi b.b., lack of koyach must be a worlwide epidemic.i want more holidays!
anyway, this seems to be like a soda bread, quick and cakey.hope it doesn't taste of hop, as i also dislike beer, that barbaric herd's beverage!:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great! That's the kind of recipe I love when I feel lazy or have no time (hob nisht keyn koyach) to bake big things ;-P...

I love the taste of beer in baked goods such as bread!



burekaboy — said...

sarita - LOL - odio la cerveza como bebida pero aqui funciona muy bien y no tiene that strong taste of beer. if it did, i wouldn't make it.

you really have to let this one cool completely first or it does have a bit of a cakey texture; it tastes like regular (good) bread after it's toasted. give it a try!! YES!

hi rosa :) - i kind of have to have the taste of it masked since i don't particularly LOVE the taste of beer on its own. it works really well in this bread and other things like carbonade de boeuf, yum!

Lannae said...

are you kidding? is that it? is it possible that I could make my own bread? No way? Thanks for the recipe!

sarita said...

finally made it last're right, it doesn't taste that much of beer.and it was also chewy!.this happened: as i was tired, i read 1 2/3 c. flour per can of, kept the mix, kind of a starter, waited a bit and added the other c. of flour and proceeded.surprisingly the bread came out full of holes, like a ciabatta.maybe i've made an invention!

burekaboy — said...

lannae - yup! only 2 things needed (or is that kneaded?). try it and see :)) i find it easier to cut the next day.

sari - told you so, LOL! interesting outcome from your 'mistake' -- will have to try it like that one time to experiment and see if it makes a big difference compared to the regular way. hope you enjoyed the bread!

TopChamp said...

mmmmmm....... still I think I'd rather drink the beer.

burekaboy — said...

TC - awwww .... c'mon! LOL.

TheCooker said...

I made this bread over the weekend....and it was wonderful.
It did taste more beer-y that I expected (maybe this just depends on the type of beer used), but the ease of making it, the taste, and texture more than made up for it.

burekaboy — said...

hi cooker - thanks for letting me know how it turned out. it does depend on which kind of beer you use. if you make it again, try to use a mild tasting one. part of it is the type and amount of hops used to brew the beer. i find the taste actually dissipates the next day or two and the bread remains great for up to 3 days. also, if you toast the bread, it sort of cooks out any beer-y taste and comes out perfect. maybe try a slice that way to see if it makes a difference.