I must confess that while my mom can whip up four loaves of made-from-scratch bread like nobody's business, I do not have that skill. I love my bread machine. This recipe is just as easy, but feels more satisfying. Mom clipped this from a local newspaper and excitedly gave it to me saying, "Hank will love this! It's like a doorstop!" She knows my husband likes dense, sourdough breads, but I promise you this isn't really doorstop fodder. Leave that to the fruitcakes.
Having made this just before supper, I was too hungry to snap a picture before we sat down. This is what was left. Who can resist warm bread? Anyways, this is how to do it.
3 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbs sugar
1 Tb baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
12 ounces beer
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add beer and stir until just combined. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead to form a ball. Place bread on greased cookie sheet and confidently slash an X on top with serrated knife. Brush with egg (optional). Bake in 375 oven for 45 minutes until golden brown.
It is a heavier, cottage bread and best eaten the first day. But how can you not try this? It's too easy!