Saturday, July 20, 2013

Homemade Bread

There is a restaurant here where I live that makes amazing homemade bread. We have gone there for breakfast the past few weekends and I've honestly considered asking them to just bring me a loaf. It inspired me to make some bread of my own. I started with a recipe I found and adapted it to suit me. I have made 3 different versions so far. But trust me, there will be many more. I think I found my go-to Christmas gift.

Homemade Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread
(adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

Makes 1 loaf
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz. beer, plus a splash
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 4 Tbs butter; melted (you can use more if you like, who doesn't like more butter?)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
 
Remove seeds and veins from jalapenos. Cut up into desired size.

Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer, cheese and jalapenos into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
 
Now try not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. You can do it!
 
While making this bread I got to thinking "What other bread can I make?" The answer... cinnamon raisin for breakfast tomorrow!
 

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread
(adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

Makes 1 loaf
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz. water
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 Tbs cinnamon
  • 4 Tbs butter; melted (you can use more if you like, who doesn't like more butter?)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and raisins. Using a wooden spoon, stir the water into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.


Yum, yum! Happy eating!


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