When life gives you lemons... make a shandy! When life gives you undercarbonated beer? Bake with it!
(2 loaves) 3.5-4 hours total. Labor time approx. 20 minutes. Ingredients:
- 2 packages Red Star baker's yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 cups Modelo Norte (or 12 oz + 4 oz water for a lighter flavor and only one 120z sacrifice)
- 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
- 5 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup rye flour
- 1/4 cup corn masa tortilla flour (optional)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- aprox. 1 tablespoon butter to melt on top of loaves (optional but recommended)
- Put 3/4 cup pretty warm water in a smallish bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle yeast on top of water and allow to sit for 5 minutes or so. This was my mom's method of re-hydrating yeast for baking so it's how I've been doing it since I was a little girl. Any other tried-and-true method should work just fine.
- In large bowl, mix 2 cups room temperature, flat Modelo Norte and 3 1/2 cups baking flour. Whisk until smooth.
- Add re-hydrated yeast to flour/beer mixture and whisk or stir in. In bakers' terms, this is now called the Sponge. Let the sponge sit for 1 hour. You will see bubbles popping up on top and it will look puff-daddyish in general.
- Fold salt and oil into the sponge.
- Fold in masa mix if you are using it, rye flour, and additional baking flour into sponge until it begins to form a dough that comes away from the sides of the bowl. You may need additional flour if your earlier measurements were off.
- Knead dough on floured board or counter until dough is smooth (10 minutes or so). Add more flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to board.
- Let rise 50 minutes
- THE BEST PART!- punch dough down! hiiiiyah! My mom always let me do this step!
- Let rise 40 minutes
- Shape the dough into loaves. Tear the giant ball of dough in half and then stretch each half into a rectanglish shape. Roll up and either stuff into a loaf pan or shape daintily on a cookie sheet.
- Let rise 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees at some point during this rise
- Bake for about 1 hour. bread will give a hollow thunk when rapped with your knuckle.
- *Optional but awesome!!!* Take a stick of butter and rub it all over the bread. Make sure you use enough that your mom would have yelled at you for using too much. This will make the bread better.