Grandpa Bill’s Beer Bread

Shortly before my grandfather died a few years ago, he passed along to me an awesomely delicious and easy beer bread recipe. For some reason I thought of it earlier this week and I’ve been craving it ever since… so today I caved. 🙂 I love that this recipe is so basic, and you can tweak it to make it yours in so many different ways. I hope you enjoy!

Grandpa Bill’s Beer Bread (3-1-3-1)

Prep Time: 5 min ; Cook Time: 60 min

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 “heapin'” tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 beer (any kind)

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then add beer & mix well (I use my hand). Grease a bread pan (butter or Pam works fine), then put mixture into pan. Smooth the top of the batter out with a wet rubber spatula (run the spatula under water for a second, the batter will be very sticky). Bake 50 min at 350 degrees (watch it though, all ovens are not alike!)… then butter the top of the loaf and bake for 5-10 more min. Voila!

For variations, I use different types of beer and add extra ingredients to complement… some loaves I’ve made in the past include:

  • -Pumpkin Beer w/pecans
  • -Apricot Beer w/ dried cherries
  • -Guinness or Chocolate Stout with chocolate chips
  • and today’s creation… Alaskan White Beer with shredded orange peel and Craisins (I also used wheat flour)

 

Easy On-The-Go Quiche Cups

Okaaaay… I promised Miss Molly when I took over the SuperWife blog that I would continue to post recipes from time to time. Now please realize it’s difficult for me to actually write out recipes, as I am a hands-on chef… meaning, I don’t ever use recipes. I can glance at a recipe once or twice, just to get a general idea of what the main ingredients are, then I create something of my own. I rarely use measuring cups or spoons, (unless I’m baking, which is more of a chemistry that needs exact measurements) so I promise to try my best to estimate for your re-creation. I’d prefer to just be telling you “a handful of this” and “a few grinds of this” and “however many of this you have left in the fridge” – because that’s how I cook… but I realize not everyone can do that.

I should also note that I am not a vegan… not sure if I mentioned that in my first post, but i thought it would be pertinent for past readers to know. THIS recipe, however, is at least vegetarian. 🙂 So… heeeere we go:

Easy On-The-Go Quiche Cups

I think I first made these when a roommate of mine was on the South Beach diet a few years ago, so the original (base) recipe probably came from that diet plan. I love making these because they’re suuuper quick, and you can freeze them and re-heat for the next few mornings when you’re rushing out the door (to work, to the gym, to play, whatever)!

Prep Time: 5 min / Bake Time: 25 min / Total: 30MIN!

  • 16oz liquid egg whites or egg substitute (I used 1 carton of the Kirkland Real Eggs from Costco)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (your choice; I used pepper jack today)
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  •  2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Italian seasoning to taste (this is totally optional, but I add Italian seasoning to everything because I’m Italian!)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a muffin pan; I used a 12-cup silicone muffin pan (no grease needed), but I’ve also used mini-muffin pans in the past for even smaller quiche-bites.  Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl & mix well with a fork. Spoon mixture evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 25 min (or until a knife comes out clean).   Voila!

*Note: this is only a very basic recipe. I’ve switched it up many times, adding veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, red onions, chives, etc. Adam prefers me to add a few drops of hotsauce or red pepper occasionally. I’ve also used cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and obviously this can be made using real eggs. I use the Costco egg whites because they have WAY less calories and I don’t have to separate the eggs. Have fun experimenting! 🙂