Beer Bread

Mid-March we scrapped everything that had been planned for the blog this year because of all the craziness with Covid-19. We have literally been going week to week, trying to gauge the grocery stores, figure out what people can get, what they might have on hand. Recipe creations have come from the most random situations. A few weeks ago, my husband and I bought some beer from a local brewery (pickup only!!) in an effort to support local businesses and help them try to make it through these tough times. Most of the beer we really enjoyed, but one chocolate stout was too sweet for our tastes. Rather than dump it out, which felt extremely wasteful (especially right now), I just added it to some bread dough that I was making. And so this recipe was born. And my family has been enthusiastically eating it ever since. We’ve teamed up with DoughEZ for this post and are featuring their mat and bread pan that will be part of a big giveaway at the end of the month.

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French Bread

I love French bread for its versatility.  Bread and cheese, sandwiches, garlic bread, French bread pizza, so many uses.  And so many of them great for summer, when picnics and gatherings are in full swing.  I had a lot of fun testing this recipe out, as bread has always been my first love when it comes to baking.  As with most breads, there are a lot of variations and “correct” ways to make French bread.  Here is my interpretation.  Hope you enjoy, with cheese and wine of course!

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Irish Soda Bread Pudding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Since this post falls on a holiday, I decided to figure something out that could be made with leftovers of traditional foods people might be cooking today.  Last year our bonus post for March was a basic Irish Soda Bread.  I delved a bit into the history of the bread and my version stuck to the more historic recipes, just flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.  One of my favorite things to do with leftover bread is make bread pudding.  Perfect for a simple dessert or even breakfast (along with some corned beef hash!)

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