Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I Could Really Use a Beer Bread. Could You?

This morning after we waved goodbye to all the kids on the bus, I turned to my neighbor Anne and asked her for a beer. (What can I say? It had been a hectic morning!) Actually, the truth is that I've needed a beer for quite a while now.



Wait a minute, that last sentence wasn't quite complete. What I meant to say is that I've needed a beer for quite a while now because I wanted to make some delicious beer bread. A while ago, my friend Alicia asked if I'd make something from the Tastefully Simple line and blog about it. I had two questions for her:

1. What do you recommend I try?
2. Can we make this a giveaway?

Lucky for me and you, she thought a giveaway was a great idea and recommended the beer bread. I said it sounded deliciously scandalous; you know, considering my Mormon and Amish Splinter Group roots.

The first problem I encountered was a lack of beer. I don't drink, so I don't really know where to get a good beer. I wandered the aisles of my grocery store looking for the beer aisle. As it turns out, the great state of Pennsylvania has extremely strict liquor laws. You can't buy beer at a grocery store. Or at the gas station, where I tried next.

Life was so much simpler in liberal, alcohol-readily-available Utah.

Thankfully, Anne hooked me up with a bottle of beer and I took it inside the house and spent twenty minutes trying to locate a tool to open the bottle. Finally, I was successful (the can opener did the trick) and the bread was ready to go in the oven literally in three minutes. THREE MINUTES! I can't even poop in three minutes!



I popped it in the oven to cook for 50 minutes. The house began to smell amazing. Finally, it was time to take this puppy out of the oven.



I let it cool (a little) and then sliced it for rapid consumption taste testing. At this point, Lucy started going bananas. She really wanted some. She's usually interested in whatever I cook, but she was extremely desperate for the beer bread. She was pleading and crying with an intensity I've rarely seen in her. Then it clicked--Lucy is a Dachsund, a German breed, and you know how those Germans feel about their beer. Whoa!

I ate the bread for a mid-morning snack. Then again for lunch. Then again for an afternoon snack. And then again as I was writing this. The crust is buttery and crusty and the bread is deliciously moist and hearty.


And even though the alcohol completely cooks out, I found that I was drunk on carbohydrate happiness for the entire day. I also developed a deep yearning to watch football and hang out with the guys. And I really wanted to grill something.

I even took the liberty to model my enjoyment.




Now, please don't take my word for this. Check out Alicia's Tastefully Simple website for yourself. The products are just what they say they are--tastefully simple. And affordable. You'll find a great selection of delicious food for your own kitchen or to give as gifts.

Oops! I almost forgot the giveaway! (This is what happens when you are carbohydrate drunk.) If you would like to try the Tastefully Simple Beer Bread (which you can also make with Sprite), leave a comment! I'll accept entries until midnight on Thursday!

31 comments:

Kim said...

I've gone to a Tastefully Simple party before but never bought the bread. I wondered, "What would the Southern Baptists think of a Mormon buying a bread mix that requires beer? I was confused and decided to go with the Key Lime & Butterscotch Cheese Ball mixes instead. Please choose me!

Soul-Fusion said...

pick me, pick me! I'm a carbivore. Or maybe a carboholic.

katie said...

I would like some of that bread right this minute. Looks oh so good.
I think you should pick me, and here's why:.
My Lucy (dog) would love it too. Granted, she's a Japanese dog and would probably prefer something spiked with Sake. But I don't think she'd be disappointed if a piece of this deliciousness fell on the floor, either.
Plus, I live in St. Louis and I'm probably the only person here who has never purchased a Budweiser (let alone any beer) from the grocery store. I think it would be sort of like a right of passage in considering me a real St. Louisan. And...I'd get a kick out of it.

Kristina P. said...

Beer bread is the best!

And man, that's even stricter liquor laws that Utah!

rychelle said...

you had me at beer. um....i mean bread. wink wink

bside_ink said...

bahaha! the pictures are great!

Tiffany said...

I COULD use a beer......................................................bread

jennie w. said...

You are so funny!!! Anyhoo, I've been seeing all this beer bread stuff around town, wondering what in the world it's all about. Now I know.

And I should like to have some of my own.

Andria said...

I'd love to try this!

MiaKatia said...

Oh the plate licking was the best! I would love to ask my neighbor for a beer, but since they are Mormon too they might be a little freaked out. My fear is that when I go to buy one (for the recipe of course) they won't card me. ARGH!!!

The Coolest Allen Family said...

I am half german; so obviously I should win this.

Meg said...

count me in.

Dolled Up Girl said...

That looks divine!

Kami said...

YUM O Rama! The licking the plate pic is my favorite! nothing like a Tiffany giveaway.

Alison said...

Pick your favorite sister in law!

Kellybee said...

Looks delicious! Beer makes a lot of things taste yummy. My dad smokes turkey breast with beer. Yum-o. By the way, I had to laugh that Pennsylvania has stricter (spelling?) laws than Utah. We have some pretty strange laws!

aimee heff said...

In my rebellious years I loved to kiss boys with beer breath so I imagine this bread will be just as delightful? Hmm....

Anyway, count me in. I would love to win some food!

Great scarf by the way.

Daily Gnome said...

Mmm...I could eat beer bread every day of the week. I'm getting a doughy carbo-buzz just from your photos.

lizzie said...

i am in definite need of beer...er, bread!

Illinivicki said...

The picture of you licking the plate is PRICELESS! I'm actually scared to win this prize...beer and bread--a perfect combo.

Annie said...

I bet your dog has the same reaction when you wear lederhosen.

And, who knew bread could be so scandalous!

Shannon said...

We've made beer bread from scratch. I'd love to try the mix for compare/contrast purposes.

Annie said...

if i win or not, i think i may go buy a beer, just to see what it is like. to BUY it, not drink it!

Brittany said...

meMeME!!

Steven and Kari said...

sounds devine count me in!

michele said...

mmm beer bread? never had it, but sounds good. i'll have to take back the beer we gave to the neighbors, but it would be worth it.

Krista said...

Never heard of this and you crack me up. I definitely want to try it. please pick me!

Mari said...

Looks so very good! Thanks for the Cmas gift idea for my mother-in-law. She loves beer AND bread...well, she doesn't drink beer anymore since "getting religious and all". But I have a hunch she's going to love it! Thanks for sharing--and Merry Christmas!! :)

Becky said...

That's it! I'm stocking my fridge with beer! Love your pictures too- so great! :) And that's just great....another blog to follow. Oh my.

Trisha R Jackson said...

I've recently started to sell Tastefully Simple and the Beer Bread is the #1 seller among drinkers and non-drinkers alike. In fact, I use non-alcoholic beer as I'm 5 months pregnant with our second child. It's terrific!

André said...

If you spent more time watching Food Network instead of blogging you would have seen a delicious Ted Allen prove that most of the alcohol you put into your dish stays there (i.e., it doesn't cook out). Maybe that's another reason you were so happy to keep eating it.

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