Onion Beer Bread

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A larger-than-usual crowd meeting up at your house for dinner soon?  This onion beer bread would add a lot to the menu.  It’s delicious, of course, but it’s also very easy to whip up.  Unlike more conventional breads, this one doesn’t involve yeast or require multiple risings.  And, except for the rosemary, you probably already have all the ingredients in house.

The dough is a basic mix of flour, sugar, salt, and leavener combined with your choice of beer, topped with buttery onions, garlic, and more butter.  The result has a very moist and tender crumb.

Fair warning, though — this dough is thick and sticky.  It’ll look like nothing but a lumpy mess when you put it in the pan and spread it out.  Twenty minutes later, after it’s been baked, it will be transformed into enticing, golden, glistening bread.

The best gizmo for spreading out the dough in the pan is a baker’s tool known as an offset metal spatula.  Don’t have one?  No prob.  A rubber spatula will also get the job done.  Whichever you use, grease it by dipping it into the onion butter mixture, so that it won’t stick to the batter as you spread it.  And, by the way, the surface of the bread doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth.  This is rustic bread.

One of the side benefits of this bread is that it’ll make your whole house smell heavenly as it bakes.  I recommend serving it right out of the oven, but it’s still darn tasty at room temperature or even cold.

Start to finish: 60 minutes (20 active)
Servings: 12

1 stick butter
2 cups thin sliced onion rings (about 1 medium onion)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
360 grams (about 3 cups) unbleached flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
one 12-ounce bottle beer (your choice)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. In a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish place the butter, onion and garlic and set the pan in the oven while it is preheating (keep an eye on the butter; it might brown a little which is fine, but don’t let it get too brown)

In a bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the beer and stir just until it is mixed. The dough will be sticky and heavy.

When the butter is melted, pour the butter, onion rings and garlic into a bowl leaving about 1 tablespoon of butter in the baking dish. Using a pastry brush coat the bottom and the sides of the baking dish evenly with the butter. Spoon the bread dough into the pan and spread it evenly. Divide the onions over the top of the dough and drizzle the melted butter and garlic over the onions. Sprinkle the rosemary evenly over the dough.

Bake the bread in the upper third of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer when inserted comes out clean. Cut the bread into 24 squares and serve right away.


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4 Responses to Onion Beer Bread

  1. Beverly Sullivan says:

    This looks so good, I just have to try it!!

  2. Eliz says:

    Looks good

  3. Dave says:

    Looks amazing!

  4. Linda Ann White says:

    Saw this made on an old episode on PBS. I am looking forward to using some beer in my bread! I’ve always wanted to try.

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