When we moved to the Midwestern part of the United States, I started to be invited to home parties of various sorts with the main purpose to sell products to the far reaches of America where big business had not infiltrated the culture yet. These parties were themed with anything; plastic storage containers, candles, cook ware, marinades, home decor, and various boxed food items. Mainly it was to bring together all of your friends to talk and laugh and have fun. I enjoyed the parties, it reminded me of what I picture the housewives of the 1950’s participating in. I should have totally had a 1950’s theme party for one of those, but alas those are but fond memories now.
At one of my favorite parties, I was introduced to a beer bread, in box form, of course. A beautiful sweet and savory quick bread. I did a little research to figure out if I could make a similar version at home now that I do not have access to those parties and box mixes anymore. Who knew, beer bread is quite simple to make even without the box mix and just as delicious as I remember.
3 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and beer. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Pour melted butter over mixture. Sprinkle a little garlic powder and paprika on top. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.