I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. Part of me is like “Yay! Sunday is the best day of the week for rest and relaxation reasons!” The other part of me is like “No! Tomorrow is Monday! 5 more days until the weekend! Ugh!” Are you getting what I’m putting down? We had a fabulous weekend. It was beautiful. We got a lot of house projects done and spent some much needed time outdoors. I have all kinds of fun things going on this evening. If you haven’t noticed, the website has changed! Woohoo! This change has been a long time a coming, and I am so happy that the new design is finally published! In celebration of this new design, I have a giveaway and a delicious goat cheese and chive beer bread recipe. I know, right? There are all kinds of exciting things going on!
This beer bread … oh my, guys … it is just delicious. I love baking up a loaf of beer bread because it’s just so simple. There is no need to let anything rise, which let’s be honest, can be daunting sometimes. It require only a few ingredients, many of which I’m sure are hiding in your pantries. How much better can you get? 5-ingredient beer bread you say? Yes, I’m working on it. I haven’t had much success yet. ;)
I think it is very important to remember to choose a beer that you enjoy drinking when you go to bake with it. The beer flavor really comes through in beer bread, so this is super important to take into consideration. See below for more beer fun facts.
I don’t do many giveaways. I have honestly not given it much thought since the last one I did, but I have made it my personal goal to do one giveaway per month. I feel like it adds a certain spunk to the blog, and it also gives me the chance to give away some of my favorite products (food-related and then some).
I hope everyone likes the new format of the website. You may be wondering why I decided to change it up. Well, just like anyone else, I get bored. I loved the old design. It was simple, and sometimes simple is good, but sometimes you just want some fun thrown into the mix. This is what I have hoped to accomplish with the new design. Thanks to Zach, who is a coding master, he has made all of my dreams come true!
With any big change, comes along some kinks to work out. I understand there might be some issues with the new site, and we have been tackling them all weekend. I think we are pretty good to go at this point, but if anyone is having any issues with the site, please contact me. Feedback is a glorious, glorious thing.
Let’s talk beer for a moment:
Beer: Sanitas Brewing’s Saison
Brewed By: Sanitas Brewing
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Description: A great warm-weather brew, Sanitas Brewing’s Saison has been our go to for the past week. I really love saisons for the summertime. They are refreshing, crisp and delicious. Sanitas Saison is just that: cool and refreshing. It has notes of citrus and pepper, which are two flavors I absolutely crave in a saison. I have been really keen on cooking with saisons here lately. So in addition to pairing this bread with saison, I decided to cook with it too! Please remember that when you go to choose which beer you are going to make this beer bread with, choose something that you love to drink. As it is with most beer breads, the flavor of the beer really shines through. YOU WILL taste the beer in this recipe, so please remember this when picking a brew! If you can get your hands on this saison, I suggest giving it a go in this recipe. Just make sure you buy two, so you can drink one as well!
Now let’s talk about this GIVEAWAY!
The Cuisinart Mini Food Processor is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I love it because I don’t have to drag out my monstrosity of a blender for chopping small and simple ingredients. It’s dishwasher safe, which is a major bonus; and I love it for making bread crumbs or chopping nuts. What are you waiting for? Enter below!
Giveaway closes on June 7th, 2014 at 11:59pm Pacific. Good Luck Everyone!
Iced Blue Mint
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Good Luck, Everyone!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled small
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives chopped small
- 1/4 cup honey
- 12 ounces Saison beer or your favorite ale or lager
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan generously with a non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, goat cheese and chives. To the bowl, add the honey and beer. Mix together until no dry ingredients remain. Do not overmix. Mix until just moistened.
- Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan and drizzle the butter on top.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the bread is cooked through and the top is crusty and brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for at least a half hour before removing it from the pan.
- Slice and serve with butter and honey!
- The bread will keep in an airtight container or sealed tightly with plastic wrap for 3-4 days. Enjoy!
Congrats on the new gorgeous site!!! This bread is amazing! I love the goat cheese addition!
Thank you so much, Jocelyn! =) You always have the sweetest things to say. I hope you have a great week!
This recipe sounds awesome and I can’t wait to try it. I’d choose the brushed chrome color mini food processor.
Thank you so much, Chris!
The new site looks great! You’re a lucky lady that Zach can do the coding for you. I’m clueless on that type of stuff and have to pay someone to do it for me. These goat cheese and chive beer bread sounds AMAZING!
Thanks, Natalie! Oh man, I know how lucky I am. I am like a deer in headlights when it comes to the stuff. I hope you had a great weekend!
I would like the blue one.
The recipe looks delicious! I would choose the blue.
You site looks gorgeous and this breads making my tummy rumble! Delish!
Aw, thank you so much Serena! That means so much!
I would choose the brushed chrome!
Can’t wait to try out this recipe! And I would choose the white : )!
Thank you so much, Jacqueline!
I would choose the silver color,
The bread looks scrumptious! The ice blue food processor is my pick :)
Thanks, Molly! :)
I would choose the silver color because it goes with my kitchen.
I would choose the Orange.
Love the new look Justine….. I would choose the brushed chrome…..
Thank you so much, Pat!
I would get pink!
I would pick brushed chrome to match my mixer and stove!
Chrome; it may be cliche kitchen decor these days, but I still like the look.
Love the new site! The colors and logo are great! Tell Zach nice job on the coding (something I’ll never understand)! Beer bread is one of my favorite breads. I love how easy it is to make. The goat cheese in this one looks delicious, goat cheese lover over here!! Is it wrong that I want to slap a burger between two slices of this yummy bread?!
Thanks, Danae! I’ll be sure to pass the word along! OH MY GOODNESS! A burger is the best idea EVER! I’m totally doing this! You are a genius.
I would love the brushed chrome or the iced blue mint.
If I won I would pick the Brushed Crome color.
That blue color is awesome, that’s the one I’d get!
Ah I wish I my Zach was a coding wizard, he does help where he can but geesh… a lot of it is so beyond both of us. This bread looks phenomenal!
Oh, trust me, Sam … I have no idea when it comes to the stuff. I’m so thankful that my Zach does! Thank you so much. :)
I love the papaya color!
i love the silver color
I would choose the Brushed Chrome color!
Brushed chrome for me, please!
I really like the blue color
I like the Iced Blue Mint — thanks for the chance!
I would choose orange (though I might change my mind and go with blue). But either way I’ll just have to cross my fingers that it will go with my yet-to-be-house kitchen décor!
I love goat cheese so I’m drooling over this bread! And no yeast!!! Totally there. :)
Tina at http://www.tinaschic.com
I know, right! I love the no yeast factor! Thanks, Tina!
I would choose Papaya, because I love bright and fun colors! :)
I would choose Papaya, because red is my and my son’s favourite colour. :)
I’d pick the brushed chrome
I would choose papaya because it would look great in my bright kitchen!
I would choose the Brushed Chrome.
papaya color is my choice too. :)
I would choose Brushed Chrome
I love the Papaya color
I would LOVE the papaya. VERY NICE!
I would go with the brushed chrome color. This would make a nice Father’s Day gift for myself!
Iced Blue Mint.
I would chose Brushed Chrome.
I would be torn because chrome would be the responsible choice (matches my kitchen yadda yadda) but I’d probably go for pink!
I would love to have the blue one
Love the new design, Justine, and love this bread! Pinning ;)
Thanks, girl. ;) I hope you have a great week!
You said you were looking for a 5 ingredient beer bread recipe….here’s a 3 ingredient beer muffin recipe that my sis-in-law gave me. It’s really good!
Laryn’s Beer Muffins
For 6 muffins Mix:
1-1/2 C Bisquick
1 T sugar
Enough beer for stiff batter (consistency of drop biscuits)
Spoon into 6 muffin tins
Bake @ 375 until golden & done in center
Of course you can add other stuff to it like minced chives, garlic, Parmesan or other cheese, chopped bacon etc.
Ahhh! Judy! This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be making these little guys asap! Have a great day!