Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Luck 'O' The Irish...

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I honestly thought about going for the cliché and baking green cookies. I managed to quell the urge, however. Instead, I went for the next best thing: more beer bread!

Now, here's the thing about beer bread: while the basic recipe is always the same, with every new beer you add to the main ingredients, you change the taste and texture, sometimes entirely. As you might remember, I did make beer bread for Super Bowl Sunday--two different loaves, actually: Black Lager and Honey Porter. I remember the Lager being distinctly better than the Porter, at least as per my roommates and their friends' between-play comments.

But for St. Patrick's Day, I decided to add a little cliché to my non-green bread: Guinness. Oh my gosh, the smell that pervaded my house as it baked....mmmmmmmm. I brought the loaf to my rehearsal, and it was gone within minutes. The bread was so rich and flavorful, I can hardly imagine using any other beer ever again. I don't know how well it keeps that amazing, moist goodness, as even the second batch (baked at the request of my friends) barely lasted more than 20 minutes, but I can only assume.

This bread is definitely worth every second of its long bake time. And, it is quite possibly, the best way to add a little Irish to your St. Patrick's Day.

Guinness Bread

Now, how to do easter without falling into the usual bunny-and-eggs clichés....?


P.S. I'm taking part in this month's BreadBakingDay, which you can read about here. Yay for March celebration breads!


Susan said...

OK, you sold me -- my next beer bread will definitely be with Guinness. Looks terrific. Thanks for joining BreadBakingDay!

Tartelette said...

Hi there! I sent you an email yesterday after I read your comment on the DB blog about cake decorating. I have this book to send you if you want. I got it several years ago and I think it is great to practice with. Let me know if you are interested: mytartelette(@)gmail(dot)com

tom said...

Kay, just wanted to say that looks Amazing! -Tom