September 18, 2019

From the Bookshelf to the Kitchen: Emoni's Beer Bread

I've been trying to come up with the perfect FtBttK post since my last one in June, and I think I finally settled on something perfect.

Emoni's "When the World Tries to Break You, Break Beer Bread with Those You Love" Recipe

Serves: Your strength when you feel alone
-With the Fire on High, page 365

With the Fire on High had me drooling at every turn of the page. Emoni's recipes are a bit imprecise (which is fine if you're a seasoned cook, but I'm a baker who likes accuracy), so I had to search the Internet for a recipe to modify slightly, but I landed on something great, in my opinion.

**Note: Because this recipe involves alcohol (that burns off in the baking process), you should be over 21 or bake with a parent/guardian's permission or assistance.**

Emoni's Beer Bread

3 c. flour (I used all-purpose)
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
3 T. raw honey (I used sourwood)
12 oz IPA beer
4 T. butter, browned
1 t. oregano
1 t. sage (both the herbs can be eliminated or done in smaller amounts, if you wish)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat until browned. Pour half into a standard loaf pan and tilt the pan to lightly grease all sides. In a large bowl, whisk, flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs. Stir in honey and beer until just combined. Then pour in the loaf pan and even out the top. Brush the remaining butter over the top. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. [I think mine baked for about 35 minutes...?] Turn out on a rack to cool.

I added herbs to match Emoni's recipe, but I honestly think I'd like it better without them, so I'll be trying the recipe again soon just as it was written.

Have a book or recipe suggestion? Leave it in the comments, and hopefully I'll get around to making it soon!

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