Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sew Loquacious's First Gluttonous Recipe

It's weird.  Whenever I'm on a diet my attention seems to gravitate toward all things FOOD!  The badder the better!  I've been pinning recipes on my Pinterest Recipes board like crazy!  I've also been digging through my recipe collection, as well as my mother's old recipe box.  Not to mention watching my favorite Southern cook, Paula Deen on television!  I've also been a little preoccupied by Christmas crafts, decorating, and baking.  This all leads to the recipe I want to share today.  I've made Beer Bread for the past several years at Christmastime.  I make loafs for my family and I also give them as gifts.  I've used a million different beers to achieve different tastes, but I've never made a sweet loaf until now.  Here is my simple recipe for  Streusel Topped Cinnamon Beer Bread:

Basic Beer Bread Recipe:
3 cups self rising flour
1 can of beer (12 oz can or bottle)
3 tablespoons of sugar (granulated/white)
and these ingredients to make it sweet:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup flour (regular)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or 2 tablespoons Splenda Brown Sugar, which makes this less gluttonous right?)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk or water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a loaf pan with non stick spray.
Combine the beer bread ingredients and mix.  It will be think and dough like.  Place into loaf pan and bake for about 20 minutes.  Make topping.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle streusel topping crumbles over the top.  Bake another 20 minutes.  Make glaze.  Remove from oven and drizzle with prepared glaze.

This bread is very much like a coffee cake, but a lot heavier. It's also very dense.  I used Bud Light when I made this loaf.  Different beers will affect the flavor as well as the color of the bread.  Adding melted butter to the top of the bread before adding the streusel topping will help to brown up the top.  I think adding fruit, like apples or raisins, to the bread batter would be great.  Also, adding streusel crumbles to the inside of the bread, like a swirl, would also taste yummy and maybe a little lighter.  If you give this recipe a try, let me know.  I'd love to hear your feedback!

In my last post I gave you a little sneak peak at my current quilt project.  Here is an even bigger peak!  Yes, those are six inch blocks I've made using the Vintage Modern Mini Charms I won from Jolly Jabber!  I've got 34 blocks finished and 20 more to go!

You might have noticed I changed up my blog a bit.  I think it looks a little more streamlined.  What do you think?  I'd love to know!  


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Cyndi said...

Hey girl! Ooooh, that beer bread looks yummy! I, too, am trying to lose weight...went to the doctor yesterday and he said, "can you just try for 5 lbs. now, then add 5 more, and then 5 more, etc."! Sheesh! I love food! Anyway, I think I will give your recipe a try...always like to add something new to my culinary "projects"! LOL!

Your Vintage Modern blocks look wonderful...I signed up for the Mystery Designer BOM at the FQ Shop, using these fabrics. Just got the 2nd one in the mail and I haven't even had time to do the 1st one yet! Oy! Anyway...I also like your new look for the blog...the header is adorable!

Chat soon!



Fiona said...

Oh dear, that beer bread looks so good! I'm going through a phase of eating way too much ...I'm still on comfort food even though it's supposed to be summer. Here's hoping we get some warm, sunny weather soon and I get a hankering for light salads!

Love the blocks - looking forward to seeing the finished quilt top. Blog looks great too!

Heather and Kathy said...

That bread looks awfully yummy! Maybe at Christmas time I will make some. It definitely looks Christmasy to me. I hope the weather has cooled off for you. Today is not so bad here but yesterday we hit 102 with tons and tons of humidity. It finally rained again this morning too.


Linda said...

Oh I think I drooled a bit on my keyboard...Yum!! Your blocks look awesome...that is going to be a great quilt...I adore the colors!

DeeDee said...

I just woke up and this looks like an awesome yummy breakfast.. so wish I lived thanks for the recipe..this might be my go to gift this holiday season...

love the blocks to.. lovely colors