Regardless, the following Basil Beer Bread requires no kneading or rising, and takes only about an hour from start to finish.
If you love basil and especially if you grow it, this is a great way to use it other than in pesto, tomato sauce and other more common recipes using basil.
Try the bread warm out of the oven with a little butter or softened cream cheese, or slice and spread with mayonnaise for tomato sandwiches. You can also slice and toast to serve as the basis for bruschetta, or to make homemade basil croutons.
|Ready to bake|
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbs sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil*
1 bottle or can (12 oz) beer**, at room temperature
*Measure the basil after chopping. I started with 1 cup of whole leaves, coarsely chopped them and measured a loosely packed half-cup of the chopped basil. For a more intense basil flavor, you can use more basil, and/or finely chop the leaves and pack tightly in your measuring cup.
**Because the beer is one of only two sources of flavor for this recipe (basil obviously being the other one), use a beer that you enjoy drinking. I used a bottle of Beck's Sapphire, which was ok, but next time I'll probably use a better beer.
To store, allow bread to cool completely then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a resealable plastic bag. For best flavor, eat within two or three days.
Carolina Sauce Company
PS: If you enjoy baking breads, whether quick breads or yeast breads, you'll find more recipes on the Carolina Sauce Company's Pinterest page where we have a Bread Recipes board. You can also search this blog for "bread recipes."