Italian Whole Wheat Beer Bread

Italian Whole Wheat Beer Bread:  Quick and Easy

Unlike traditional loaves, this beer bread is fluffy, light - and nutritious

Ingredients:

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour

1 tsp. fine salt

½ tsp. baking soda

4 tsp. (1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp.) baking powder 

1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh garlic

1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 Tbsp. melted butter, divided

3 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. finely grated parmesan

1 (12 ounce) bottle of beer - I used Marble IPA

Preparation:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a standard (9x5 inch) loaf pan with cooking spray.

2.) Whisk all ingredients through oregano in a large bowl.  Stir in one tablespoon melted butter and 3 tablespoons honey.  Then, stir in the entire bottle of beer and mix just until combined.

3.) Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Brush the top of the loaf with 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle evenly with cheese.

4.) Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes in the center rack of your oven.  At this point, the loaf will be golden brown and cooked all the way through.  If a sharp knife or toothpick inserted it the middle of the loaf comes out clean, you know it's done.  When cool enough to handle, remove the loaf from pan.  Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes... If you can wait that long.

5.) Slice the warm bread, spread with a little butter and enjoy!

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