Does anyone else need some time off to visit their happy place right now? I know I do.
The past few days have all been muddled together into one long nightmare I like to call The Dreaded Apartment Hunting. Seriously, before yesterday I had no idea it was possible to generously describe a place as a crack den. Some recent favourites in the online apartment listings world have included:
- The word “quite” instead of “quiet” — a misspelling that happens exactly 99.8% of the time.
- “Bright lower level unit” — You guys, we know what a basement is.
- “Perfect for students,” i.e. a disgusting hovel.
- “Two or three bedrooms. Third bedroom may be used as an closet.” Not. a. bedroom.
- “In the heart of North York.” What a dream! Do you have anything similar in Scarborough?
I don’t know about you, but in times of great stress, I turn to comfort food (which might explain why I’ve been hitting up my former place of employment for many an ice cream sandwich lately). There is nothing — and I mean nothing — more comforting than this beer bread. This bread is a far cry from your nut-studded, whole wheat loaf (though I love those too). In fact, it is closer to junk food than bread — definitely a treat or something to share with friends over dinner, not something I’d recommend trying to make sandwiches with.
But oh, how easily this bread comes together (mere seconds of mixing before it’s oven-ready), and how unbelievable your house smells as it bakes up in the oven. The resultant dough has a rich, buttery crust, and a soft, chewy interior. It’s salty and cheesy and pairs perfectly well with a pat (or two) of butter while it’s still warm. Every single time I’ve made this bread, someone has asked for the recipe. Seriously, nothing will bring you more quickly to your happy place.
Anyone else have any real-estate stories they’d like to share?
Simply Delicious Beer bread
- 3 cups flour
- 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 1 (355ml) can of beer — though I love a dark beer for drinking, a light one (blonde, wheat beer, etc.) works best for this recipe
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan or cheddar (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt,and sugar. Add the beer and stir until uniform.
3. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
4. Pour butter over the top of the batter. Bake for 45 mins (ish) in the oven, rotating the bread halfway.
5. If you want to add cheese, sprinkle as much as you’d like on top of the bread in the last five minutes of baking, and stick back in the oven until just melted.
You are going to thank me.