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It rained today. Did you notice? That means ... it's baking weather ... it's soup weather ... Waistlines, watch out!

I couldn't help myself, I confess. When chill and damp strike, I often succumb to an overwhelming urge to head for the kitchen and create something warm and satisfying. Today was no exception. Since all the ingredients (all five of them) were "present and accounted for", beer bread happened -- warm, moist, satisfying, crusty beer bread.

Five ingredients, a loaf pan and an oven and you're good to go. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and liberally butter the loaf pan. Yes, if you must be "healthy" you can use another substance to grease the pan, but -- come on! -- it's beer bread.

In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of self-rising flour, 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar (depends on how sweet you want it) and 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt. When all the dry ingredients are blended, pour in one 12-oz. bottle of your favorite beer and stir it all together. Plunk this rather sticky mass of dough into the buttered loaf pan and pop it into the waiting oven for 50 minutes or so, give or take. We all know this is going to depend upon the peculiarities of our own individual ovens.

About five minutes before it's done (or close to being done), pour 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the top of the loaf, into all the nooks and crannies that have developed as the bread rose in the oven.

When it's done, let it rest for a bit, because the top crust tends to be rather -- well -- crusty and hard, at first. But, that crusty top is one of the most flavorful parts of this creation.

I will also admit that it does not necessarily slice in a neat and tidy manner, but who cares? I don't. If it breaks up into hunks while I'm slicing, I'll just snarf down the hunks -- with or without additional butter melting into its warm, moist, flavorful innards.

It's chilly and damp outside. I want something warm and tasty on my inside.

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MoJo commented on Monday, Nov 15, 2010 at 09:27 AM

Have you got a good soup recipe to go with it?

sthacker commented on Wednesday, Dec 01, 2010 at 23:47 PM

Everyone has loved the bread. Thanks for sharing.

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