I have seriously been contemplating what gets us through the winter. The first thing that comes to mind is the excitement of fluffy snow and the holidays coming up. Perhaps it’s all the delicious rich foods and celebration drinks with friends and neighbours. That gets you through to January.
Living on the prairies we all know that that is the piece of cake time when everything is “Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year ‘ and ‘Hey, sure I will push you car out for you! No problem’ while you genuinely have a smile on your face. The novelty of telling your coworkers or hell anyone you know ‘I just helped push out 3 cars stuck in the snowbank on the way here’. If winter had a novelty shop – that experience bottled up would sell like hotcakes.
Pretty scarves with matching gloves and polished boots are a must for strutting around the white paths of winter as cute frost on the trees twinkle and sparkle oh so sweetly in the sun. Life is good as you take a twirl to show off your new winter coat.
Come January the reality sets in. There is about 3 and 1/2 more months left of winter.
The bragging rights because we are hearty really doesn’t hold as much enthusiasm as it did in December. The boots are scuffed and the thought of putting layer, upon layer, upon layer, upon layer of clothes just to try and keep the chill out is something you need to mentally gear up to do. This is why delivery is so popular and with good reason.
Now I know some of you out there are die hard ‘I love winter so much I have a bumper sticker that says I do’ and you know what that is great. I don’t have a hate on for winter, but it can be intense where I live. Long stretches of cold snaps and getting up when it is still dark outside along with making dinner when is it dark outside can really take a toll on your psyche.
Having something to look forward to is a must for most of us that experience the true power of Old Man Winter need. You have to keep motivated and find something that will get us up in the morning, feet on the floor and take that first step towards getting out the door. If you don’t have it the whole season can be miserable.
So embrace, embrace it as much as you can and keep that feeling of the holidays with you until the buds are on the trees. Enjoy the richness of the food and the fact that sweaters easily stretch. It was the first week of cold. It was easy this year and I instantly wanted to make chili for dinner. After walking outside, nothing is better than chili. Okay there is one thing better. Freshly baked bread. Yes!
With the chili on it’s way slowly cooking and getting all fine I really didn’t have time to make a yeast based bread, but I did have beer, honey and roasted garlic that would make an jaw dropping quick bread. An hour later, this delicious loaf was ready to be served along side the steamy bowl of chili. Plus it does make 2 loaves, so you can always have one on hand for soup day.
So go on, gather up your layers and get out there! Bread is waiting for when you get in.
Beer & Roasted Garlic Quick Bread
Fresh delicious beer and roasted garlic bread in about an hour! Perfect for those snowy days to go along with your favourite soup or chili.
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 6 cups flour
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup honey, melted
- 2 bottles of amber beer
- 4 cloves of roasted garlic, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 loaf pans by brushing 1/4 of the melted butter on the sides and bottom of each pan with a silicon brush. Place parchment paper on the bottom.
- In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together until combined. Slowly pour in the beet, honey and add in the roasted garlic.Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly in half and place in each loaf pan. Pour the remaining 1/4 of the melted butter on top of each loaf. Use a silicon brush to cover the tops of the loaves with the butter.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until browned or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the loaves from the pans and let cool completely on wire racks.