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Beer + Bread 4ever

Hello, dear friends!

Long has it been since I’ve written about the goings on in our kitchen, but upon perusing the interweb I found a recipe this afternoon that immediately made me jump for joy, run to the kitchen, bake, and blog.

Ladies and gentleman, I give to you what is sure to be a Morrell-Dunn-Rankin Family Favorite: Beer Bread.

Yes, yes, you heard right. Your favorite carbs can come together in one gloriously quick hour. AND you only need 5 ingredients!

3 1/2 cups self rising flour, 12oz beer (any kind), 3 TBL sugar, 1 beaten egg, and 3 TBL melted butter.

3 1/2 cups self rising flour, 12oz beer (any kind), 3 TBS sugar, 1 beaten egg, and 3 TBS melted butter.

But, kids, if you’re like me and are without self rising flour, simply ADD: 1 TBS baking powder and 1 tsp of salt. Voila.

Add sugar to flour.

Add sugar to flour.

And then the beer (I used an old Christmas Ale) and the egg.

And then the beer (I used an old Christmas Ale) and the egg.

Mix well, and pop into a loaf pan (or a round cake pan if you are also like me in that you turned your rusty loaf pan into a flour pot this past summer).

Bake a 350 for 50 minutes…

When your hoppy bread comes out of the toasty oven, brush the melted butter on top, and pop back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

When your hoppy bread comes out of the toasty oven, brush the melted butter on top, and pop back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

…um…this is the melted butter. Later, for dinner, I added chopped garlic to this and brushed it over NAAN bread.

…um…this is the melted butter. Later, for dinner, I added chopped garlic to this and brushed it over NAAN bread.

When your bread has cooled, lovingly cut yourself a slice.

Mmmmyummy

Mmmmyummy

And if you’re goal in life is to emulate me entirely, you’re going to have to spread nutella on most of your bread-goods (or your Thin Mint cookies).

IMG_1862Nutella on beer bread? Absolutely!

And that’s all she wrote on beer bread. Life goes on as usual over here. CDR and I continue on our health kick (Nutella aside) and I’m happy to report we’ve been doing very well. I believe the current household weight loss count is at slightly over 11 pounds! Woohoo!

Another Nutella highlight from this past month: Banana Nutella Swirl muffins.

 

Don't act like you're not impressed!

Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

And that’s all for now, and I do promise to write soon!

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Damn Cookies You Ever Did Taste

Oh Hai There,

Yesterday SUCKED. It could only be fixed by my world moderately famous chocolate chip/PB chip cookies.

CDR and I spent a wonderful week at Lake Tahoe with my family. But I’ll get there in a second–the cookies came from a harsh snap back into reality and after a day of fretting and tears (SPOILER: Real Estate can be just as tough as theater), there was nothing to do, but turn on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, finish making the bedroom curtains, and bake the shit out of these cookies.

SIDE BAR: I love you, episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, in which the Dramaturge kills the actor. You were swell, and why didn’t Goren and Eames ever do it?!

But I digress.

This recipe starts with half a cup each of butter and shortening. An no. To make these cookies properly, you MAY NOT substitute the shortening for more butter. You will still get a good cookie, but you will not get THIS cookie.

Any hoozle:

1/2 c butter, 1/2 c shortening, 1 c brown sugar, and 1/2 c granulated sugar creamed together. Add two eggs, and a satisfying amount of therapeutic vanilla (1-2 tsp). Beat till light and creamy.

1 tsp of baking soda, plus 2 1/4 c AP flour goes in next!

Stir in 3/4 c peanut butter chips and 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips—or half and half.

Bake by the teaspoonful for 11 min at 375.

Try not to eat all of the dough!

Try not to eat all of the dough!

Yes, they’ll be gooey. No, they don’t need more time in the oven.

Yep, these babies are perfect just the way they are.

Yep, these babies are perfect just the way they are.

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Eat. Indulge. Let your troubles melt away in the warm gooey chocolatey goodness.

As for me, I’m busy pretending that I’m still in the mountains.

Morning, Sunshine!

Morning, Sunshine!

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Love is…skiing!

Love is…skiing!

Toodles.

 

 

 

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