Bloomsburg at Millersville, or, Banana Beer Bread Test

I’ve been meaning to fiddle with beer breads again, and I found the perfect opportunity today.  Last night I bought a 4-pack of Wells Banana Bread Beer.  I had been thinking of a cherry wheat with craisins and apples, but this beer simply spoke to me!  Previously, I have made beer breads with cheese and Mrs. Dash, and also with cheddar, apples, and cinnamon.  The Manheim Farm Show starts this week and I want to enter the quick breads category with something unique.  Well, here goes!

I had to test two recipes because I was unsure about the flavor of a sweet beer bread.  One was the clear winner.  I’ll gobble these loaves for breakfast and make another batch of the winner to submit to the show.

Banana Beer Bread

    • 3 C self-rising flour
    • 1/2 C sugar
    • 1/2 C mini semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 t cinnamon
    • 1 ripe banana, mashed
    • 1 bottle Wells Banana Bread Beer
    • melted butter and raw sugar for topping

Combine flour, sugar, chocolate chips, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add banana and beer, stir until just mixed.  Pour into parchment-lined loaf pan.  Bake @375º for 50 minutes.  Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle with raw sugar.  Bake for another 5 minutes.  Cool on wire rack and devour.

This bread is moist and chewy, with a crunchy, sweet, buttery crust.  It’s unlike any other banana bread you have ever tried.  Yum!

Awesome stuff I did today besides skip out on a football game and bake bread:

  • Went to my favorite diner for brunch:  I had a bacon, cheddar, and veggie omelet and did the puzzles in the newspaper
  • Prepped some other stuff for my entries into the farm show, including pie crust and rhubarb curd
  • Pinned a bunch of cool stuff on Pinterest:


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