Sunday, June 16, 2013

Honey Beer Bread

I have a lot of business to discuss with you all today in this very special group post.  I have a great recipe and yes, we have a fantastic giveaway.  Today's event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita's Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim's dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim's father's battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!


Honey Beer Bread
I struggled a bit with what to make for this event because, unlike heart disease, the link between cancer and food is more tenuous.  Kim wanted us to share personal stories but, the stories I have are not mine to share.  This disease has touched many who are close to me or close to people I care about.  In every one of those cases the disease struck without known risk factors.  Some ended with remission, others were taken from us much too soon.  But even those whose stories ended well moved into a new life group - survivors.  Winning warriors in a battle they would rather not have fought, with a history they'd rather not have had.  It's bittersweet.  And that is what finally led me to share this particular recipe with you today.

Honey Beer Bread
When I tell you that I don't like beer, you'll wonder what possessed me to make beer bread.  Well, it all started with a photo on Pinterest that led me to a blog called Cookie Monster Cooking and this tempting looking bread with the crunchy top.  I couldn't help myself and I rationalized that, I love beer battered onion rings so maybe I'll like this, too.  Yes, I know the onion rings are deep fried, don't mess with my warped train of thought here.

Although Brian is not a big beer drinker, he does like an occasional cold brew so I knew he wouldn't object to the flavor.  So, did I learn to love beer?  Um, no, but Brian liked it.  He said it tasted like a good beer bread.  I'd hoped that baking would tame the beer flavor quite a bit more than it did but that doesn't change the fact that this was a good recipe.  If you don't object to beer, you will absolutely like this bread.  In the end, between the beer and the honey, the bread is distinctly bittersweet.  And that, I thought, was actually the perfect type of recipe for this event.  Enjoy and see below for links to the rest of the great recipes from the other participants and details on entering the givaway.

Ingredients
(Slightly adapted from Cookie Monster Cooking)

Bread:
3 Cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons honey
1 bottle (12 oz.) of your favorite beer
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Honey Butter:
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 Cup honey
Dash of salt, to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the honey and beer and whisk just until everything is combined.  Pour the batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan and our the melted butter over the top.  Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.  Let cool slightly before removing from the pan.  Makes approximately 10 servings.

To make the honey butter, combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated.  Spread on the sliced bread for a wonderful afternoon snack.


Check out the other great recipes from our group:
Chili Verde by Juanita's Cocina
S'Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker's Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie's Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana's Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking



Enter for your chance to Win an Artisan® Series KitchenAid®  Stand Mixer in the color of your choice (there are 26 to choose from) as well as an Ice Cream Maker Attachment. A sweet choice for all,  this creative attachment features the largest ice cream bowl capacity in the industry. Prepare 2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, gelato or other frozen desserts. We're pleased to announce the giveaway is open to Canadian residents, as well as U.S. Residents. Winner will be chosen and announced during the pinchatlive event, described below. Winner will also be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond another winner will be chosen. 1 Stand Mixer and 1 Ice Cream Attachment are being given away as a group, not 1 per blog just to be clear for our readers. 


There are bonus prizes for the pinchatlive event. We are giving away 1 Vanilla Infused Gift Box Set, 1 Lemon Infused Gift Box Set and a $30 Amazon Gift Card.  In order to participate in this event follow the Pinterest Board #recipesfromtheheart. Hop on the Pinterest board on June 22 at 2 pm Est to follow along. We'll ask questions and those who comment are entered to win the bonus prizes. There will be a G+ Hangout on Air during the event as well. Winners of the pinchatlive event must be Canadian or U.S. residents. Visit Facebook.com/KitchenAidCanada and click on the “More than a Mixer” tab to explore all 12 attachments available for the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

51 comments:

  1. I'd whip up a chocolate cheesecake with a new KitchanAid mixer :)

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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  2. I would make the most awesome cake!!!!!!

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  3. I'd make a great cake to start with-- for sure!

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  4. This honey beer bread sounds divine.

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  5. mhmm I love beer bread! It goes well with cold meat cuts and especially lard. I wonder how it tastes with honey butter. Thank you for sharing your recipes Anita!

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  6. I don't like beer either but this beer bread looks sooooo good!!! YUMMERSSS

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  7. You beer bread looks wonderful and I love the sentiment of your post. Thanks for being involved with this :) I would use this mixer to make fabulous breads and cookies.

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  8. i would make this great-looking beer bread recipe if i were to win the kitchen aid! matter of fact, think i'll try the recipe this week!

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  9. I would make some kind of delicious cookies~❤I love cookies!

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  10. I am not a fan of beer either.. but beer bread, yes. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe with us today. :)

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  11. Oh, how I wish all we knew with a cancer diagnosis could have a happy ending. I have a feeling my beer drinking hubby would love this bread...and so would I. Beautiful loaf, my friend.

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  12. I like an occasional beer, but this bread looks yummy. Thank you.

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  13. Your thoughts about those who have battled the big C are appreciated, Anita. Sadly, I can relate. And bittersweet or not, I'm always happy to clip a Hungry Couple recipe for those I love =)

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  14. My husband will love this! He likes beer in the summer (I don't know what the season has to do with it) but he also loves bread so I'm going to make this for him. I, like you, don't care for the taste but I do enjoy cooking with it. Great recipe!

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  15. Hmm... I'd make ice cream! Likely chocolate, mmm

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  16. a cake to celebrate. obviously!

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  17. I'd have to make use of the ice cream attachment AND mixer, of course! There's a mint ice cream recipe calling my name!

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  18. If I were to win a stand mixer, I'd definitely use it to make my bread a lot easier than by hand! I enjoy making bread a lot and the bread hook would be a welcome addition to my kitchen!

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  19. I would make home made pizza dough. My kids love it and my hands can no longer kneed the dough.

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  20. Its not really that time of the year, but I've been craving gingerbread cookies!

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  21. Ice Cream! (with the awesome ice cream maker attachment!)

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  22. I definitely like beer so I bet I'd love this bread. THanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

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  23. This beer lover is definitely liking this bread, especially with that crunchy topping!

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  24. This bread is delightful and delicious. Made some yesterday for my husband on Father's Day and loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. This beer bread looks delicious and thank you for the great giveaway!!

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  26. If I had the opporunity to use this for the first time I would make icing for cupcakes.

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  27. Anita, this one delicious looking loaf of beer bread. I'm not a fan of the brew, but I do love beer bread.

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  28. So hard to choose! I would make a delicious cake! Lemon :)

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  29. I have all the ingredients for this at the moment looks like bread will be a rising.

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  30. That bread looks great! I love the way the crunchy topping looks.

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  31. Thanks so much for joining us for this special event Anita. Your friendship means the world to me and you are always so supportive. I appreciate it more than you know.

    I adore this recipe. It really does have one seriously cool topping. I need to try this.

    And I love the way you tied a bittersweet recipe into this event. It's pure brilliance lady. Thank you. It did not go unnoticed. I loved that tie-in. xx

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  32. Wow, I think I'd cry if I won the mixer!!

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  33. I'd definitely make some ice cream!

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  34. Anita, the bread recipe looks great! I would make a pavlova first, then try out one of the many ice cream recipes I've bookmarked over the spring. :)

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  35. I love that your raising awareness of this illness. It is so hard when seemingly healthy people are affected.

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  36. Great post! The beer bread looks so good! I'm not a big fan of beer either, but I still want to try this!

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  37. lemon cupcakes with rasberry buttercream!

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  38. I would make angel food cake, then make strawberry ice cream!

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  39. I'm the same as you, Anita - nobody extremely close to me has been affected by cancer. That's not to say that i don't know many who have unfortunately passed away from it or who are survivors today, but definitely no one as close as my parents or siblings. I didn't feel like I could add anything special to this event. I'm loving everyone's posts though - many have made my tear up. It's such an important issue. And while beer isn't my first drink of choice, I totally don't mind the flavour and I adore beer bread. This looks incredible. And you hit the nail on the head with the bittersweet comment.

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  40. I would probably make cookies in a new mixer!

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  41. I would definitely make some delightful meringue pie with my new mixer :)

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  42. I'd make a simple Pavlova and serve it with whatever fruit I can find at the local farmer's market....purity of flavors is my favorite.

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  43. I adore beer bread and yours looks amazing! Thank you so much for joining us for this post!

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  44. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

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  45. I could never go on a low carb diet because I enjoy bread so much! I can't wait to try this out with my Kitchenaid mixer. My loyalty to Kitchenaid products runs deep. I especially love producing delicious smoothies with my Kitchenaid blender parts. I just created a coconut green smoothie this morning and it was very tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. OMG! This looks amazing - my partner asked if he can help in the kitchen?!!:) Must be the beer factor!

    Thanks for sharing - it turned out amazing!

    Justyna
    http://www.garlicmatters.com

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