hoppy beer bread

Last week I was in Ohio.  The trees were in bloom and people were more than happy to be outside, sitting on their decks.  In fact, while we were there we enjoyed one of the first signs of summer by eating on the Rieses back porch.  Oh the glories.  Well, it still is Cleveland and in the coming days it began to snow.  Seeing as I've lived in Santa Barbara for the past 8 or so years with a marginal hiccup to DC, I didn't bring a coat.  Oh well.

We got back Saturday night and I turned right around and left for Montana Sunday morning.  After a week of non-stop planning it's been nice to not plan right now.  Good to be here and with him.  I was expecting rain, but yesterday it decided to snow.  Tis the season- of not so much spring.  I don't think they get spring here in fact- maybe a few months of summer where everyone really lives it up and enjoys things.  I wonder when people know how to plant their gardens with these interruptions of snow.

Anyways.  Per usual, we've done some cooking and I'd like to highlight this simple and oh-so-Benjamin of a recipe I made this morning.  He had a dentist appointment and I felt a bit too domestic when he came home and I said, "oh, there's bread in the oven."  Needless to say, one wouldn't be too impressed when they realized the ingredients are flour, sugar, butter, and beer...


Mix 3 cups flour, 2 T baking powder, 2 T sugar, and 1 12 ounce bottle beer until combined.  Place in a loaf pan then on top drizzle 3 T melted butter and a pinch of salt.  Place in preheated oven at 350 for 1 hr.  Enjoy- on it's own or with a brew.

The results were interesting.  The salt on top is good and yes, I do think this would go well with a brew.  If you like pretzels, I think you'd like this.  We had it warm with some butter... and it was pretty darn good.

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