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postheadericon Basil Beer Bread Recipe

Basil Beer Bread Recipe at Red Barn Blue Skies

While I do grow most of my basil from seed, I sometimes can’t help myself and MUST buy a beautiful plant when I see it. I recently snagged two gorgeous basil plants while out shopping. I was pleasantly surprised when one of them had the following basil beer bread recipe printed on the plant marker. Because I had all of the ingredients on hand and just reading the recipe made my mouth water, I tried it. And I loved it….So here it is…

Baked Basil Beer Bread at Red Barn Blue Skies

Basil Beer Bread

Basil Beer Bread Recipe

Ingredients

3 cups self-rising flour

3 tbsp granulated sugar

12 oz warm beer

1/2 cup finely chopped basil

Instructions

In large mixing bowl , mix all ingredients together.

Pour mixture into a well-greased loaf pan or dish.

Place loaf pan into an unheated oven.

Turn oven on and set it at 350 degrees.

Bake for 50 minutes or until lightly browned on top. (Oven temps vary so keep an eye on it.)

Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.

http://redbarnblueskies.com/recipe-basil-beer-bread/

 

***I think I would leave it in the oven for a few minutes longer and just keep a close eye on it.  This first loaf didn’t get quite as brown as I would have liked.

 

The basil smell alone was enough to get the hubby wandering into the kitchen to find out what I was up to.  I  sliced it up while still warm and used some of this overly delicious herbal butter that I had made up the day before.  I followed the recipe I found at my idol Nancy aka The Lemon Verbena Lady‘s blog.  (Be sure to visit her site for great recipes and herbal wisdom.)

 

It was a huge success as we skipped dessert and opted for another piece of bread instead.  Needless to say, this will be a recipe that we’ll use quite a bit in the coming months.  Many thanks to the lovely Nancy for the awesome herb butter recipe 🙂

Red Barn Blue Skies Basil Beer Bread Recipe

postheadericon The Gardener’s Morning – Sunday Selections

The Gardener’s Morning by Howard Dolf is our latest addition to Sunday Selections. Enjoy this lovely poem and imagine yourself in the morning garden.
The Gardener's Morning at Red Barn Blue Skies

The Gardener’s Morning

 The robin‘s song at daybreak
Is a clarion call to me.
Get up and get out in the garden,
For the morning hours flee.

 

I cannot resist the summons,
What earnest gardener could?
For the golden hours of morning
Get into the gardener’s blood.

 

The magic spell is upon me,
I’m glad that I did not wait;
For life’s at its best in the morning,
As you pass through the garden gate.
– Howard Dolf
 

postheadericon Garden Sanctuary – Sunday Selections

Enjoy a tiny bit of my own garden sanctuary for this installment of Sunday Selections.
Peas for Garden Sanctuary Sunday Selections Red Barn Blue Skies

Garden Sanctuary

You who walk,
Maybe with troubled thoughts,
Come, enter here and rest;
And may the sweet serenity of growing things,
And the heavenly peace
Be mirrored in thy soul.
-Doxis M. Palmer