Friday, March 14, 2008

Green Cuisine

The St. Patrick's Day celebrating has officially begun. Here's a recipe for a tasty and hearty bread that will keep Irish eyes smiling over the weekend.

Basil Beer Bread
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

Olive oil for the baking sheet
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan
1 12-ounce bottle beer, preferably ale
Flour for the work surface
1 cup chopped or torn fresh basil

Heat oven to 400° F. Oil a baking sheet.
In the bowl of a standing mixer on low, or in a large bowl using a spoon, combine the flour, yeast, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Add the beer and mix just until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with the basil and knead gently just until incorporated. Shape the dough into a round loaf and transfer to the prepared sheet. Bake until the loaf is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Turn the loaf onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


  1. This looks so, so so much better than Irish Soda Bread (which always disappoints me).

  2. Exactly, it's a nice alternative to the traditional soda bread.

  3. How about green pancakes? Yum!



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