Little did I know… That one day I’d be living in a place where it would be easier to make bread than to go out to the store and buy a loaf! True story.
Right now this place smells like a bakery. On days like these… I don’t care what kind of dwelling you find yourself in, if it smells like a bakery then it is heaven.
Years, decades, or maybe even many lifetimes ago I shared an apartment with two friends. Our next door neighbor was a bakery. By 5 am each day we’d wake to the smell of sweetness. Happiness IS a loaf in the oven.
A few months after we took up our residency together, one of the roomies abruptly ended his life. There aren’t enough bread-baking-ovens in the world to keep certain people happy.
How odd that my chain of thoughts brought me down this path.
Smell is a powerful thing. For the longest time I couldn’t stand the smell of watermelon. I hated it! Then it dawned on me: the scent belonged to my father’s hangover mornings. The coolness and juiciness of the fruit soothed his topsy turvy stomach. Scotch and beer were his poison – watermelon his antidote.
It wasn’t until I found the source of my discomfort that I could put an end to it. My tolerance slowly developed and built. Now when I see watermelon; saliva moistens my mouth instead of a surge of bile. Eating watermelon today reminds me of the friendship I shared with my father – so now the smell is a happy reminder bringing back the good stuff.
Bread baking in the oven = happy fun times with my old goofy best friend and roommate JC.
♒ FAMOUS *BEER BREAD RECIPE ♒
3 cups flour ( sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder ( omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt ( omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) cans beer
1/2 cup melted butter ( 1/4 cup will do just fine)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drink a beer.
- Mix dry ingredients. Add a full can of beer and the melted butter, mix well.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan. Congratulate yourself with another beer.
- Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
- Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a “hard biscuit” as some have described. That’s because they aren’t sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the “correct” way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product. Go ahead, have another beer for following the direction correctly, you know you want to!
- The final result should be a thick, hearty and very tasteful bread, NOT A BRICK! ;).
*Is it a coincidence that my recipe combines the memory of 2 great men in my life?