Monday, December 20, 2010

Last-minute Christmas gifts, fast and cheap!

Everybody Loves Beer Bread!
Need a quick, last-minute gift idea but you've already spent way too much money this Christmas? Need a couple of quick stocking stuffers but your pockets are stuffed with bills and receipts? Or do you just want to create something homemade and thoughtful but you're running out of time?
Well, here is a solution that just might be the answer to all of the questions above: whip up a batch of beer bread mix with only four simple ingredients (and your grateful recipient will only need two!).
The following recipe will make one delicious loaf of beer bread and can be customized as you like. On the Lonesome Road we like to add some rosemary or crushed fennel seeds; a bit of dill would be a good addition, or possibly a light touch of lemon zest and black pepper. Personalize the recipe to your recipient's tastes or make a few suggestions for them.
The basic beer bread recipe is:
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
That's it! Simply combine and package in resealable plastic bags, then place the plastic bag in something more decorative: a hand-stamped paper bag, a vintage canning jar, or an old tin; maybe a antique bread loaf pan. Trim with homespun, raffia, ribbons - and a tag with directions (see below).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix contents of package with one 12 oz. bottle or can or beer. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Pour 4 tablespoons melted butter over batter in pan and bake one hour.
So simple! This bread is terrific with cozy winter soups and casseroles, slathered with softened real butter. The person(s) who receive this beer bread mix will love the homemade thoughtfulness and simplicity of the gift. And isn't that what giving is all about?


Stephanie said...

Giving a bread mix is a great idea!

Lonesome Road Studio said...

I love how there aren't really a lot of other ingredients for the recipient to add to the mix.
I bought an apple cake recipe once from one of the home party type places; I had to add at least 5 other ingredients - including apples!


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