Saturday, January 29, 2011

Culture and Yeast: Greek Yogurt Beer Bread

I've been making lots of quick breads these past few months and this version has become one of my favorites. It's yeasty and moist and absolutely divine fresh out of the oven with a big pad of Earth Balance (insert eye rolls from butter enthusiasts). Yogurt and Beer seem like an unusual combination but the yeast and cultures really groove together. I've experimented with various beers: from Coors Light to Deschutes Brewery E.S.B. - just depends on what I have in the fridge, really. The bread definitely takes on the flavor of the beer so if you use a bitter beer, it will be reflected in the bread. Tonight I will be putting on an Oregonian Brews and Bites dinner, making this beer bread with Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and hazelnut infused real butter to slather it with. You will hear about it soon. In the meantime, here is the basic slam dunk recipe. 

Greek Yogurt Beer Bread


2 cups AP flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 12 oz. bottle/can of your favorite beer
6 oz. Greek yogurt

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix well until there are no lumps.
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Cool briefly, if you can wait that long.


Peter M said...

It's the yogurt that makes thinks moist and magical...lookin' good!

Helen said...

That bread looks amazing! I've been looking for some quick bread recipes. I am a bread making virgin and I need to start off easy i.e. no yeast involved. There is always beer in the fridge, so why not steal a can from my husband! haha!

Anna A. said...

Peter - That Greek yogurt is magical stuff!

Helen - You totally should. I have ditched the yeast lately since it's time consumer. All about the here the now!

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I've had beer bread before Anna but never with Greek yoghurt. Sounds fantastic. Bookmarked to try soon...thank you.

Anna A. said...

Peter - I think you're gonna love it, but maybe it's too hot there or maybe you just need to make more cocktails :-)

Jamie said...

Could you post photos of how the bread turned out with the Hazelnut Brown? I'd like a reference for how it should look when I make it. Thanks. :)