Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread is a great adaption from a standard beer bread recipe. A little darker and a bit sweeter; it’s a great treat for breakfast.
I have a recipe I’m dying to make for homemade hamburger buns and I hope to get them done this week but I have yet to find the time to devote to that effort. Maybe when it’s colder and I’m stuck inside but right now we’re having some beautiful fall days and I’m craving both the outdoors and homemade bread.
What to do??!! Well, what I’ve done for years; I make beer bread. Sometimes I’ll go beyond the standard recipe and mix it up a bit and this time the results brought about this Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread that was SO good. Originally intended as an addition to soup; it was just perfect for breakfast.
I’m not a beer drinker. I like wine and cocktails but have never learned to appreciate beer. That changed a bit when I was invited to a beer tasting a couple of years ago and discovered that pairing the right foods and beers was as magical as it can be when discovering a successful wine pairing. Most surprising to me though? How much I enjoyed dark beer. I still don’t drink a lot of beer but on the occasion that we’re having burgers on the grill; it might make its appearance and I’m slowly but surely becoming a real fan.
So it was only a matter of time before I would take my original Coors Beer Bread recipe and go over to the dark side. The addition of sugars with more pronounced flavors than white granulated sealed the deal and the literal icing on the cake was my favorite Cherry jam. Seriously I could have eaten half a loaf. But I stopped before I got there. I think.
For this version I used the Nitro Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado. Colorado has become a leader in the craft beer industry so I wanted to focus on finding something local that I could use for both this project and for old fashioned drinking. This was the perfect fit! With an aroma of brown sugar and vanilla cream and hints of roasted coffee it sounded like it was made for baking and it brought a sweetness to the finished bread. I also enjoyed one the other night not in bread. Chocolate? Why yes there is. Loved this little beer!
I’m also totally in love with the products I received from Mohawk Trading Company a few months ago. Their honey and maple syrup are both divine so I decided to not choose and just used both and it worked beautifully; especially with the darker beer.
If you’ve never tried beer bread; you must make this one. It’s easy and it’s good. What more can you ask for right?
PIN ‘Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread’
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (divided)
- 1 Tbsp Molasses
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 12 ounces dark beer (I used Nitro Milk Stout)
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Pour half of the butter into a 9X5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine molasses, honey, syrup and cinnamon and stir to combine.
- Combine flour, salt and baking powder and whisk to combine. Add to bowl with moist ingredients and mix just until blended. Add the beer and stir to combine.
- Turn the batter out into prepared pan and smooth the top lightly.
- Pour the remainder of the butter over the top of the mixture in the loaf pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until top has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow bread to cool in pan for 15 minutes; remove it from pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.Cut with a serrated knife.
- Great with butter and jam or honey or cream cheese.