"The people who give you their food give you their heart" - Cesar Chavez

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

Two weekends ago I went to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, Long Island. After a rather scenic and snowy hour and half train ride we finally arrived at the local hot spot. Small, cozy and full of good'ol beer aficionados. It was a lot of fun and we got to try all the beers for free! They have a delicious, award wining toasted lager. It's a nice light amber color and has some bready undertones. You can really taste the malt and hops. We took home a bunch of goodies from the brewery including some of their toasted lager. Actually, the day of our adventure out there, was the first day of New York snow so we ended up sprinting back to catch the train in Patchogue carrying two growlers of their pale ale, some Blue Point glasses, and their lager. Fast forward a couple days later and the main course is vegetable soup, I decide to make whole wheat beer bread. I loved the taste of this bread. It was thick, dense, healthy, hearty and smelled like beer!The batter smelled incredible before it was baked and after it still had a beer aroma. I imagine this would taste great with bratwurst or some mustard and sausage.

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
12 ounces beer
1/8 cup honey

1. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, slowly pour in the beer and honey and mix just until evenly incorporated
3. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

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