Friday, August 16, 2013

Anita's Beer Batter Bread with Bacon

We had another fun painting session yesterday! Fellow artist Anita brought along the BEST beer bread. She says it's an easy recipe that only has five ingredients so you can try adding bonus goodies. Yesterday she mixed in bacon and apples... and OH MY, it was wonderful! Anita was nice enough to send me the recipe too... enjoy it below along with her funny comments! Nobody said Peg Paints is an "art only" blog, you know!
I was too busy eating the bread and painting, so I didn't take any photos.
Here's a picture of Anita and her huge painting... she's still painting all those candles!

Anita's Beer Batter Bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.  I also use a strip of parchment paper or Reynold Wrap Pan Lining Paper (combination of foil and parchment paper) to line the bottom and ends of the pan.  You can lift the loaf right out by the ends of the paper!  Stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.  Open the beer and add it all at once:  it will foam up.  Stir briskly just until combined.  It will be slightly lumpy (like me!).  Pour into pan and drizzle with melted butter.  Correct, this is not health food.  :}  Unless, of course, we're talking health of your tastebuds and soul!

Bake until the top is crusty and tester comes out clean, 35 - 40 minutes.  If you have added goodies it might need another 5 minutes.  The guide says serve it warm or at room temp on the day it's baked.  No Problem Here!!  Also they reccommend slicing thick and serving with plenty of butter.  That would be up to you....the fat factor is totally your call.  I will not take responsibilty for that!

Okay, now for ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
3 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
4 Tbsp. melted butter
1 12oz. bottle room temp beer  (this is when the fun really begins - I've used blueberry beer & fresh blueberries (tossed gently in the flour mixture) Red's Apple Ale with the addition of one finely chopped (more or less) apple, and if you want it, 5 crumbled slices of crisp bacon, Chili Beer and chopped green chilis, or dried chilis, or smoked dried chilis (which is a little bit of heaven right here on earth) and a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.  If you are a fan of a little heat, use pepper jack cheese,  yumm!  But cheddar works, or whatever your favorite is.  I'm going to put cheddar in the next loaf of apple bacon....ooooh, can hardly wait for that!  Anyway, you get the picture.  This recipe lends itself to playing in the kitchen, which if you didn't get it, is my personal favorite place to play!

Well, that's it.  This looks long because of commentary.  It's actually only 5 basic ingredients plus your imaginative input.  Enjoy!!

I'm linking this post to Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm! Be sure to check it out today. Not only will you find links to great recipes but you'll get to see Michael's wonderful new kitchen too!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Canoeing with my dad

Earlier this summer, we had a family reunion. It was held at my brother-in-law's farm in the middle of nowhere. Each of the children took a canoe ride with dad.

It was a beautifully sunny day. I loved how the clouds were reflected in the water.
This painting will remind us of a fun day in the country.

"Canoeing with my dad"
24x30 oil on canvas