Monday, May 2, 2011

Apricot-Cranberry Beer Bread


Good Morning Beer Bread!!
 Last night, as I was relaxing in front of the TV, I contemplated what I would have for breakfast! I'm not much for cold cereal, however, I love a piece of coffee cake or sweet bread with some fruit or maybe yogurt. I had fruit and yogurt in the house but, to my dismay, nothing sweet to munch on. That's when my mind started to run a virtual list of sweet breads I could whip up quickly! I decided to make some "Beer Bread"! For breakfast your thinking! My beer bread is a beautiful sweet loaf with cranberries and apricots thrown in. Add a smear of butter and you have a lovely treat for breakfast! The thing about beer bread is you don't need a lot of ingredients. You can decide to make it sweet or savory. It takes one bowl and a little more then 1 hour including the baking time. If you have a bottle of beer in the house, you too can make beer bread. Different types of beer bread can be made by using different beers; for instance, a dark beer will give you a darker bread with a heavier flavor. Using a beer that is spiced, or has a flavor added, will make a bread with a similar flavor. Hence..my blueberry beer bread. This past summer I made one using blueberry beer and fresh blueberries! Yum!! I can't wait to see what other flavors of beer I can find. So for the recipe…



 Apricot-Cranberry Beer Bread

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 12 oz. bottle beer
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in center and add the melted butter and bottle of beer. Stir just until no streaks of flour remain, then add the dried fruit.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
If you would like a savory loaf, cut the sugar to 2 tablespoons, add herbs, such as dill and some cheddar or parmesan cheese. You can also add sundried tomatoes and herbs, garlic and feta, ect. Experiment using different beers..it will change the flavor of the bread.




Beer being poured into dry ingredients.


Mixed with fruit added into batter.

Ready to bake.

Lovely loaf of Apricot-Cranberry Beer Bread.

7 comments:

  1. I didn't even know they made blueberry beer, Kathy! I just love quick breads, but I have never seen a recipe using beer. Your bread rose beautifully and looks delicious. I froze some cranberries and have some apricots, so I will have to give this recipe a try.

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  2. Haha! You had me at the beer part! Kidding, this cake looks tasty. Great post!

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  3. Kathy-What a fun way to start breakfast...a litte "cheer" helps a long way...LOL, and I don't mean to drink it, but it's a genius idea to add to the sweet bread recipe to spice up, and lighten the bread.
    This is all new to me...Yumm!...now could you pass a slice this way? I'm having my latte, and nothing to eat, except cold cereal, or oatmeal...sigh...boring!!!

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  4. This sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious! I love beer bread and have never thought of putting apricots in it! I love anything with dried apricots so I must try this!! Sounds like a wonderful treat for anytime of the day!

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  5. I have been lucky enough to have this bread at Kathy's and let me tell you it is delicious, it tastes even better then it looks, yum!

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  6. This looks delicious! I love putting dried fruits in baked treats. I'll just have to substitute the beer for something else if I ever try making it since it's alcoholic (maybe soda)

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  7. Nourhan, You could use a non-alcoholic beer..I haven't tried this but I understand it works quite well.
    Elizabeth, If I lived closer to you I'd definitely bring you some!
    Elaine, They make a lot of different flavors. They are usually made by smaller breweries. I found the blueberry beer in Florida last May!

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