Friday, August 5, 2011

Raisin Beer Bread

I baked this during one of the weekends and the aroma of the baked bread in process filled our whole kitchen.  Freshly home-made bread for breakfast and a great start to the day.  Nice. I prepared the dough the night before and I just need to bake it the next morning.

31/2 cups all-purpose flour
5 tbsp raisins - soaked in brandy for 15 mins or more
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 can 12 ounces beer
melted butter for brushing
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees F.  
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and raisins in a large bowl.  Add beer and stir with a fork until just combined.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface.  Knead quickly to form a ball.  Brush the bottom and sides of the baking pan with melted butter.  Place bread on the baking pan.  Make a cross on top with a serrated or very sharp knife.  Brush top of loaf with melted butter.  Sprinkle a little more cinnamon powder on top.
  4. Bake until golden brown for about 50 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut into slices and enjoy the wonderful flavour of raisin beer bread with a cuppa coffee or tea.

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