Take out after 45 minutes of baking, slit the top and pour 1/4 cup of melted butter into the slits and atop the bread. Bake for additional 15 minutes. At this point I like to sprinkle salt on top. The course ground kind.
Oh! Oh! And don't try and go all healthy on this and use Whole Wheat Flour! It makes the bread a bad texture and it just doesn't taste right. So please, don't go there!
It's a tradition in the Blake family to have beer bread Christmas morning with warm melted butter on top. It's a super simple recipe that I don't make enough, but really should! It has minimal ingredients and if you have beer in the house, well then your good to go!
This is a biggie, and make sure your reading this... USE CRAP BEER! a.k.a. light beer. Really light beer. Yellow beer. We only keep good beer in our house, which means NOT budweiser, Michelob, or any icky stuff made with corn instead of hops and barley! In fact most beers in our house don't have names you would even recognize ;) But for this you want the cheap can of God knows what from your local gas station. The stuff that you wouldn't even give your dog!
I have tried this recipe with good beers such as Founders pale ale and Sam Adams winter lager thinking that good beer can only make better tasting bread. NOT SO! The better the beer the more bitter the bread. If you try that, and you like that, then go for it! Me? I like the subtle flavor a crap beer gives my beer bread. I used to think, well why does my mom in laws bread come out better? The answer was low grade brew.
I hope you like it, I LOVE it. In fact leave the loaf out and I will make due of it little by little. I love how very crispy the outside of the bread becomes and how very soft the inside remains. A little hint? When you