Simple Vegan Beer Bread
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Happy Day before Thanksgiving!! Do you have everything you need from the store?? You didn’t forget brown sugar did you?? I accidentally bought dark and I’m much more a fan of light brown sugar. So, back to grocery it is for me to fight through the crowds.
I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. After the passing of my father, I have a very new sense of connection to my family that I have never felt before. A sense that I want to soak up every moment with them, listening to all the stories instead of sitting around looking at my phone all day. And also making new stories that we’ll tell lovingly in future years when maybe (hopefully) there are new members of the family and maybe (sadly) not everyone is still around.
Over the past few months, my brother and I have been tasked with completely clearing out my father’s rather large house (the house where we spent many of our childhood years). As might be expected, we found many boxes filled with old photos and even some home movies that neither of us had ever seen. We very much accidentally watched the tape of my mother giving birth to me and promptly hit the fast forward button on that (WHY did my dad record the ENTIRE thing!?).
But on that same tape, a few years later after my brother had been born, was a clip of my father bouncing the 2 of us on our new trampoline. At one point, my father bounced us a little too high for my brother’s liking causing him to cry. The video captured our dad scooping both of us up and kissing us both repeatedly until my brother’s tears turned to laughter again. Sitting on fold out chairs in my father’s empty living room, we both quietly sobbed watching that film. For me, it was easily one of the most valuable things in the entire house and I will cherish that tape forever.
All of that to say, I want my kids to have that too: video of their family all together, interacting, loving, sharing food. My plan, with both my side of the family and Mr. Britnell’s, is to film a little at each family get together and each year, compile it all into a short film that will be made available to the whole family. I have no doubt that I will love (love love) watching these back many years from now with my kids and explaining to them “that’s aunt so and who you might not remember” and “gosh, what the heck was I wearing!?”.
I also really want to get individual interviews with all of my family members but I haven’t exactly pinned down how that will go :)
OK. Lets make us some super Simple Vegan Beer Bread, shall we? This bread is VERY easy to make, requires no kneading, and is maybe one of my favorite things ever! Full disclosure: this recipe is VERY similar to my original beer bread recipe but without the real butter and honey.
The easy part: it all comes together in ONE bowl and, once again, require ZERO kneading (!!).
Here, have a gif of me pouring the beer in:
Oops, this time again but without the kitten (not really a kitten anymore, wah) in it:
There’s something SO very satisfying about that ^^^^^^.
Now just mix it all together and then pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. You’re already almost done!
Now my favorite part besides adding in the beer: the BUTTAH! This is salted and whipped vegan butter and I’m kind of obsessed with it. I almost always use THIS Earth Balance butter.
I forgot to mention that butter is poured into the bottom of the pan AND the top. Oh my. It’s SO good!
The result is a buttery and crispy exterior with a soft and moist interior. It’s perfection in bread form!
I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend that is filled with LOTS of memory making family time.
oh ps- I just started posting live videos on my nom.com profile. I’ll be posting there several times a week showing you which recipes I’m testing, photographing, restaurants I’m trying, and just generally what I eat on a daily basis. You can check out my profile here: https://nom.com/u/bbritnellPrint
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 bottle of beer (any kind will do but I prefer a lighter beer)
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1/4 cup of vegan butter, melted, divided (I like the olive oil flavor of THIS butter)
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an average sized loaf pan.
- Start by sifting together all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Do not skip the sifting of at least the flour!
- Pour into the flour mixture the beer and maple syrup. Stir until the flour is just combined.
- In the bottom of your loaf pan, pour in half of the melted butter.
- Pour the bread dough on top of the butter and then pour the remaining butter on top of the dough.
- Use a pastry brush to spread out the butter across the top of the loaf so that it gets in all of the crevices.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes checking for done-ness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s done!