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Fallen in love with 3-ingredient beer bread. What's your twist?

I made Lone Star bread tonight. :)

12 oz beer
3 C flour
3 t baking powder
3T sugar
1.5 t salt

(It would have been 3 ingredients had I used self-rising flour (omit salt & baking powder).

Bake at 375 for one hour.

Anyway, my mind is reeling with possibilities. Has anyone tried different types of beer? Adding honey or molasses to the top while baking? Using different sweeteners in the bread?

I'm just very taken with how easy it was, and how I could make up some mixes in baggies in the pantry and then just pour in a bottle of beer. I do like to bake yeast breads but this was so quick compared to yeast bread, and tasted better than my normally-failed biscuits. I want to try it making small loaves (more crust factor).

I'd love any variations or suggestions, even some exotic ones. Like what about dark chocolate chips added in, and using a really dark beer and possible some orange flavor somehow?

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  1. MarbleFallsParadise, just mix and bake, that's it? No kneading or shaping or waiting?

    My beer/salt/flour batter for onion rings, tempura, etc. is delicious--I'll try the bread !

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    1. re: blue room

      MarbleFalls, between this and the no-flour pb cookies, I'm baking like a crazy person. I made a garlic/oregano one yesterday and a pb with peanuts one today. I figured beer and peanuts go together?

      The batter tasted a mite salty, so I'm going by another version I saw here and just using sugar, the self rising flour, 2 tbl regular flour and the beer.

      blue room, that's it! Mix the dry, pour in the beer, and bake. Dot with butter a few minutes before it's done, and there you have it.

      1. re: dolores

        Thanks, dolores..
        could be good with dill and/or onion..

    2. add 2-3 T dill seed. Great with soups and stews.

      Isn't this called Batter Bread? (bakling powder instead of yeast)

      1. To the beer batter add 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped.

        1. MFP, don't call me Paula Deen, but my recipe calls for a stick of melted butter - first in the loaf pan, then I reserve a bit to pour over the top, and the rest is mixed in with the batter. I also love this bread, and occasionally add different grated cheeses..... mmmmmmm! I love this bread with soup, and am going to try some leftover bread as paninni's tomorrow night.

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          1. re: DLAOKC

            Cheeses, yes! Maybe chopped up pepperoni and provolone?

            The peanut butter + peanuts one was deemed a success.

            I like the butter idea too. What a cool bread.

            1. re: dolores

              I used to make a bread similar to this years ago and lost the recipe - thanks for posting! It truly is one of the simplest things you can make. I used to add some chopped fresh thyme for variety.

              1. re: dolores

                Yes to the butter. And I almost gasped aloud with the pepperoni & provolone idea. Maybe that plus the basil. Oh YUM!

                1. re: dolores

                  how much PB and peanuts did you add?

                  1. re: geminigirl

                    geminigirl, I winged it. I would say, conservatively, a quarter cup of extra crunchy PB and an equal amount of unsalted peanuts. If the batter is 'too' smooshy, add a little more flour. It's a sticky batter, so it takes well to experimentation.

              2. would this be a use for the beers in the fridge we never, ever drink? Or beer that has been in the fridge just long enough I don't want to drink it (I have some pumpkin beer from last fall)?

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                1. re: alexajord

                  My recipe calls for warm beer...but yes, I say you can use any beer except Bud lite. LOL In fact, I have a recipe that calls for Sam Adams IPA and mades a dang fine bread.

                  1. re: alexajord

                    Absolutely, alexajord. We had beer in the fridge for friends who drink beer. But since it's been there quite awhile, I'm having a ball using it up.

                    My next is an Italian Seasoning beer bread.

                    1. re: dolores

                      You know, I grabbed it originally somewhere off the internet and can't find the original spot I got it from. Wish I could so I could give them credit.

                      1. re: MarbleFallsParadise

                        Well, I thank you, MarbleFallsParadise. It's revolutionary!