Summer Honey Beer Bread
Saying goodbye to Summer is never easy for me. I love the lazy crazy days of summer, the heat, the break from school & schedules and the chaos of last-minute adventures…. however, if it weren’t for the other seasons then I suppose I wouldn’t be able to look forward to the return of summer each year.
Summer has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if it’s the heat, the sun, the extra hours of sunlight, or maybe because my birthday is in August… which I dis-liked when I was growing up because I never got to celebrate my birthday at school – boo!! I have always enjoyed the holidays and moments curled up in a blanket, next to a fireplace reading a book or watching a movie with hot cocoa & popcorn are better enjoyed in the cooler weather – which is why I love living in California… an hour drive to the coast. I can pretty much experience the ambience of any season, any time of the year. I do enjoy all the seasons and Fall is my favorite for baking. Standing alongside a warm toasty oven is the next best thing to hanging out in the warm sunshine… or at least it gets me by.
The month of September has always reminded me of apples, which are one of my favorite fruits. I’m not a “beer” drinker, but for some reason, perhaps it was the catchy summer seasonal packaging I purchased a 12-pack of Angry Orchard Hard Cider. I’m sure I was also enticed by the turquoise packaging and drawn in by the name “Summer Honey”. I opened the bottle, took a sip and… still tastes kind of like beer (okay, sweet beer with notes of apple, but…) and then I had the aha moment of beer bread. I don’t drink beer, but I sure do like eating it — the flavor “Summer Honey” inspired me to substitute honey for the sugar and it was perfect timing for dinner this week as the weather transitions from the last days of Summer to the first days of Fall.
NOTE: I was brave enough to take my first taste of beer bread when I tasted some made from a Tastefully Simple box mix. Tastefully Simple makes delicious, homemade tasting but from a box products. This was many, many years ago and at that time the Tastefully Simple products were only available through home parties so after I ran out of my huge stash of boxed beer bread, I decided to look up the recipe online which is when I discovered that, not only could I make beer bread from scratch, but just how easy it is to make with few ingredients and very little prep. time.
The bowl of soup pictured is Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Shaved “Parmesan, Asiago & Romano Cheese” both from Trader Joe’s.
Marble Cutting Board = Sur La Table (available on Amazon)
White Soup Bowl = 6 pack from Costco
Knife = Analon 8″ bread knife
Traditional beer bread with a seasonal twist.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 TBL baking powder *omit if using self-rising flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 TBL melted butter / divided 1/2 stick - unsalted or salted
- 1 12 oz. Bottle beer (any flavor/any brand)
Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda& salt). Mix in the honey and beer.
I used Angry Orchard "Summer Honey" hard cider. Use your favorite beer, cheap beer that you'd rather not drink or a "seasonal" beer for a festive flair.