Posts tagged ‘bread’

May 13, 2010

Beer Bread

by heikes3

This is one of the easiest breads you can make. It is as fitting and delicious for breakfast with some jam as for dinner with chili or soup, but you have to have a bottle or can of beer in the house.

That can be a challenge for me. Even though I am German, I am not a big beer fan. That said, I love it fresh off the tab in a Beer Garden or with a little sprite on my mom’s balcony, not that I’m choosy or anything 😉

Years ago a friend of mine had made beer bread – a box mix – and it was delicious. We don’t usually have beer in the house, but had some left over after a dinner party, so I set off to find a from scratch recipe for beer bread (I am not a box mix kind a gal). I found several ones and mixed them to this simple recipe that I have stuck with for several years now. It is also SO simple, I can’t fathom why beer bread should be made from a box, but that’s just me. I’ll get off my high horse now and get on with it …

One of the best parts about  this bread is that it is started in a cold oven. Our girls like it so much that I have mixed it and left it in the oven overnight to bake on time-bake in the morning on more than one occasion. There is no better way than to wake up to the scent of fresh baked bread!

I have also been known to pack the simple ingredients when going on vacation. It makes for an easy side item, and it is just as easy to bring it back. I just did that last Easter and made myself the official beer bread maker of the family.

One thing I have to warn about, though. The beer has to have some taste, so no dishwashing water, please!

Another warning … it is a bit addictive … thus no picture of the beautiful, golden crumb …

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May 13, 2010

Burger Buns

by heikes3

I am finicky about the food I eat, but especially about the bread. There is the German side of me, having grown up with the world famous German bread. The memories of, as a young girl, going to the local bakery to buy Brötchen (rolls) or bread fresh out of the oven for breakfast or even an afternoon snack, the same baker, who later made Michael’s and my wedding cake are so precious to me.

Yes, it is usually heavier, but not always. We also have our delicious Weißbrot (white bread), but it is considered a special bread or dessert bread. It’s nothing like the white bread here. American white bread in many families is used every day and is all fluff from sugar, fat and bleached flour … thus, if I have to go the route of buying bread, I go for the all natural baked goods or at least whole wheat containing ones.

So, when it came to burger buns, I had just usually picked up a few rolls of “good” ones. They still have too many ingredients that I can’t pronounce, I guess to extend their shelf life, so I thought I would give it a try and make them myself. It can’t be that hard, right? It really isn’t.

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