This is the 3rd "Make your own mix" post--you can find the others here and here.
Last fall I hosted a home party for a company that sells various dip, bread and dessert mixes. The mixes are both tasty and simple, but they are certainly not cost-effective. A box of their popular beer bread mix costs $5 and makes just one loaf! While it was fun to give away some of the mixes for holiday gifts, when my mother-in-law said she had a recipe for beer bread, I decided to give it a try.
I conducted a little experiment, making one loaf using the brand name mix, and one homemade loaf. Several friends sampled a piece of each bread and then gave their opinion. All of them were able to distinguish which one was made from the package, as it was slightly sweeter and less dry than the homemade version. Next time, I may increase the sugar slightly, though some of the taste testers preferred the less sweet bread. For the savings, I think this version is a suitable substitute to the $5 mix.
Here's how to make your own beer bread, using just 3 ingredients:
3 c. self-rising flour (or 3 c. flour, 1 T. baking powder, and 1/2 T. salt)
3 T. sugar
1 12 oz. can beer
The bread is baked for an hour in a greased loaf pan at 375 degrees.
Though the mix wouldn't be very colorful on its own, you could still package the dry ingredients for a gift--it's so inexpensive and easy to make!
Note: The packaged version says you can make the bread with Sprite or even Coke, though I have not tried that yet with this homemade recipe. The box also suggests pouring a couple tablespoons of melted butter over the bread just after baking.
UPDATED: I tried these ideas in the days since my initial post. I made a loaf with a can of Sprite and poured one T. butter on top after baking--and it was delicious!