Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Brown Butter Raisin Beer Bread

 This is a very quick and easy beer bread to make. Unlike others on the Internet, this recipe uses a variety of dry ingredients that enhance its nutritional value as well as its taste. I used a Boston Lager but I'm sure any light ale would work. I added the Flax Meal because of the high concentration of Omega3 found in that grain. The oatmeal adds fiber as well as helps lower cholesterol. All in all, it is a very satisfying breakfast bread that goes great with a morning cup of coffee.

1 cup bread flour
1 cup wholewheat flour
1/2 cup scottish oatmeal
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
1 12oz bottle lager

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside
2. Slowly melt butter,  molasses and finely chopped raisins in a saucepan until butter slightly caramelizes.
3. Add the beer to the cooled butter mixture then add all to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
4. Pour mixture into a well greased and floured loaf tin. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
5. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out on a cooling rack to cool further. Slice when cooled completely. I cut the bread in thick slices, then cut those in half (see photo)
The bread goes well with butter or cheese.

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