When it comes to fall flavors, there’s a lot of cult favorites. I like to think that apple season precedes pumpkin season, but we all know as soon as Starbucks announces Pumpkin Spice Lattes, everyone’s got pumpkins on the brain.
Here in Wisconsin, apple orchards are booming as their season hits its peak and I’ve been gathering up Honeycrisps by the bushel. That being said, its no surprise that Angry Orchard Hard Cider is my definitive favorite ale. It may be considered a “girly beer” but hey, I’m okay with that, because I am a girly-girl and its fricken delicious.
So when I decided to make beer bread with dinner the other night, I think I had what Oprah refers to as an “aha” moment. A lightbulb went on, the heavens opened up and angels sang. Angry Orchard + beer bread recipe = culinary masterpiece, or at least something incredibly delicious. I wasn’t wrong, you definitely taste the hint of apple without it overpowering the sweet-savory flavors of the beer bread.
The best part about this bread is that it’s knead-free and practically fool-proof. It goes great with a hearty bowl of soup or chili, but to be perfectly honest I could eat beer bread with practically anything or completely on its own and still be in heaven. This beer bread was definitely the hero of the meal and my family is still raving.
Angry Apple BreadAdapted from Gerald Norman’s “Beer Bread” on Food.com
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1-teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
¼ cup sugar
1 (12oz.) bottle Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Crisp Apple)
¼ cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Sift flour into large bowl, along with the remaining dry ingredients, making sure they’re mixed well.
3. Add Angry Orchard hard cider and stir until just blended.
4. Pour into greased loaf pan and pour melted butter right over the top.
5. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until gold brown, then remove from pan and let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
There’s a ton of possible add-ins to this recipe to tailor it to your tastes. I would love to try adding dill, cheddar cheese, or Italian spices for a savory twist. On the other end of the spectrum, try adding 2TB of honey, raisins, cinnamon or chunks of apple for a sweeter version.