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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hunter's Bread- aka Beer Bread


There are so many types of breads to bake. This time of year we tend to think more about the holiday sweet breads. But when you are ready to come down from that sugar high and bake a hearty, healthy bread there is nothing like a beer bread. Beer breads are an easy way to make a yeast rising bread. The beer serves as the rising agent. They are great to serve with chunky soups and hearty stews.

One of my favorites to fix is one I have dubbed "Hunter's Bread". It is more romantic to say than "Beer Bread" and sounds more fitting to say when serving it with a stew, don't you think? The recipe I use has almost equal parts of whole wheat flour to unbleached flour which makes it healthier right off the bat. It also has caraway seeds and golden raisins. The key is to have your light beer and egg substitute at room temperature. In fact, I have learned when baking, all ingredients should be at room temperature for the best results. Whenever I serve it it is a big winner. Here is the recipe:

Hunter's Bread (a.k.a. Beer Bread)

Ingredients-
2 cups unbleached flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons golden raisins, chopped
1 (12-ounce) can light beer, at room temperature
¼ cup egg substitute
Cooking Spray

Directions-
1. Combine first 7 ingredients; make a well in the center of the mixture.
2. Add beer and egg substitute, stirring until just moist.
3.Spoon batter into regular size loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Yield: 16 servings. Calories per slice: 116.

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