For this recipe, all we have to do is combine Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) with The Cure (“Just Like Heaven”) to end up with Beer Bread (“Smells Like Heaven”). Beer Bread is, in fact, a bread, and not a band, but if it WAS a band, it would probably go with Nirvana’s flannel-shirt-and-torn-jeans look and eschew The Cure’s weird eye makeup.
Sorry. I had to go with a complicated lead-in, because this just might be The Simplest Recipe In The World. I found it on Epicurious, but here it is, reproduced so you don’t even have to go to a different web page. How much easier could it possibly be?
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 bottle (12 oz.) beer, room temp
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (1/2 stick)
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the beer. Stir just enough to combine – don’t overmix. Batter will be lumpy.
Plop batter in a greased 9x5x3″ loaf pan and spread out evenly; brush the melted butter over the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer (or knife, if you don’t have such fancy things as skewers lying about) comes out clean. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Eat!
What I’ve been reading: Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
What I’ve been listening to: Matt Pond PA, Emblems; the Beatles, Revolver; Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Outer South; Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 in D Minor; Elliott Smith, Either/Or; Jimmy Eat World, Clarity; The Weepies, Say I Am You; Rancid, And Out Come the Wolves