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Artisan Beer Bread

Makes 1 Loaf Time: 8-18 hours
Servings 1 Loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water 105-115 degrees
  • 3/4 cup beer or non-alcoholic beer at room temperature. (3/4 cup equals about 6 oz. beer)
  • Pizza Stone Tiles, Baking sheet, or 6 to 8 quart cast iron, enamel with lid.

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together flour, yeast and salt. Add water and beer and mix together with a wooden spoon. Spray plastic wrap with cooking oil and place over bowl. Let the dough sit at room temperature 8 hours. The longer the rise the more dense the bread. You can let it rise as much as 18 hours.
  2. Flour a work surface with 2 Tablespoons flour and pour dough out onto it. Fold it over a couple of times. Sprinkle the top with about a Tablespoon of flour.
  3. Roll off a sheet of plastic wrap 2 feel long. Lay it on the counter. Spray the entire plastic with cooking oil. Sprinkle the middle of the plastic with 2 Tablespoons flour. Place the dough on top of the plastic gently, and quickly fold the sides of the plastic over the dough, one side at a time.
  4. Turn the oven to 450 degrees (If using a pot, put it in the oven, with the lid, and let it get hot. Let dough rise at least 30 minutes. while the oven is heating.
  5. Gently lift the bread over to the oven and drop it from the plastic, upside down onto a pizza stone, tiles, oiled baking sheet or in a hot pot on the lowest rack in the oven. (If using pot, cover with lid, bake 35 to 45 minutes. or until golden and remove the lid half way through.) Bake at 450 degrees about 20 to 25 minutes. or until golden brown. Serve warm or cool on rack.
  6. Serve with: Raspberry Butter or Strawberry Butter.
  7. Raspberry Butter
  8. stick butter (1 cup), softened at room temperature
  9. /2 cup honey
  10. /2 cup raspberry jam (homemade is wonderful)
  11. /2-1 teaspoon vanilla
  12. In a small bowl mix together butter, honey, jam and vanilla. Spread on bread.
  13. Strawberry Butter
  14. stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup) softened at room temperature
  15. Tablespoons strawberry jam ( homemade is wonderful)
  16. Tablespoons powdered sugar
  17. In a small bowl mix together butter, jam and sugar. Spread on Bread.

Recipe Notes

Plan Ahead. Start the bread when you get up early in the morning. Bake it for dinner. Pizza stone, tiles, baking sheet, or 6 to 8 quart cast iron, enamel with lid