In honors of Saint Patrick's Day last weekend, I wanted to make some beer recipes. I don't know why, but I absolutely love the flavor of alcohol in foods. Like chocolate bourbon balls? Oh my gosh...those are my favorite. And for those of you that don't know...alcohol burns off when you cook it, just giving the food an incredible flavor. But I came across this recipe from allrecipes.com, and it looked super easy, so I decided to make it for breakfast on Saint Patty's Day. I was extremely impressed. This bread is soperfect...not to mention healthy! It's made with whole wheat flour and rolled oats, and is very low fat. It reminds me of the brown bread you get at the Cheesecake Factory, only this has a slightly different flavor from the beer and it's way more moist and a lot better! And that's saying so much because I absolutely adore that brown bread at the Cheesecake Factory. This is amazing served warm with >butter<. I had it for breakfast with butter, honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon...sooo good. However, it would be perfectany time of the day, like as a side for lunch, dinner, soups, etc.
1 cup regular rolled oats, plus additional
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Guinness® beer
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.
Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness® beer. Pour the flour mixture into the beer mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with additional oats if desired.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, open the door, and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the oven before turning out onto a wire rack.