stout beer bread with honey butter

Good news guys, there are other ways to have your favorite alcoholic drinks besides drinking it. A while back, I experimented with some leftover Baileys I had at home and ended up with a Baileys Irish Cream Tiramisu. So good.

Today’s potion of choice was beer, because I’ve heard so many great things about the effect of carbonated drinks in baked goods. I’ve been more into darker beers as of late (e.g. stouts and porters), so I gave Guinness – an Irish dry stout – a try. I guess the hype is real, it came out beautifully! A buttery, crunchy crust while dense, fluffy, and slightly moist on the inside. The flavor is really fragrant, with just a hint of wheaty-ness from the beer, and complements perfectly with the honey butter.

A must for beer lovers!

Ingredients
10-oz stout beer
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour, fine
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, sift in all the dry ingredients – all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Sifting is important because it’ll help create a lighter texture in the bread. The brown sugar may be a little tougher to sift, but you can just use the back of the spoon to press it through.

stout beer bread with honey butter

stout beer bread with honey butter

3. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in the beer. Slowly whisk from the center of the well, pulling in the dry ingredients bit by bit until everything is just combined. Don’t overmix.

stout beer bread with honey butter

4. Melt 1/4 cup of butter (microwave for about 30 seconds). Take a little of it and brush the insides of a loaf pan.

5. Pour the bread batter into the loaf pan and tap it against the counter top a few times to set everything and release air bubbles. Then pour the remaining melted butter over the top and pop into the oven.

6. Bake for 1 hour.

7. In the meantime, prepare the honey butter. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of butter in a small bowl with some honey by pressing together with a fork until smooth. You can eyeball this step, depending on your sweetness preference. My personal rule of thumb is to use a 3:1 butter to honey ratio.

8. When the bread is ready, pull out of the oven and let it cool slightly. Then slice and serve while warm, with the honey butter spread on top.

stout beer bread with honey butter

stout beer bread with honey butter

stout beer bread with honey butter

stout beer bread with honey butter

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