To Brew or Not To Brew

Need something to read while your bread is baking? Try this- 


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An all-new mystery series set in a Pittsburgh craft brew pub, featuring a brewmaster with a head for sleuthing.

The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.

Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks…


Beer just not for Drinking *

No ! It’s for making Bread too –

. We stop at a local shop and my hubby bought some local brewed wheat bear . And I said I can make bread out of that. So Today that’s whats today recipe is : Independence Parish Brewing parish beer Cane Break beer Bread. This recipe is a great basic recipe that can be changed up by changing beer, flour or add on ( fruit ,cheese or nuts) . Let your imagination go wild as you walk the aisles. The stores are filled with local beers that can be turned into bread .


Cane break Beer Bread with Cran Raisins :

  • 1 1⁄8 cups beer (let come to room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1⁄2cups bread flour
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar ( I am using cane)
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • Cran raisins ( 1/2 C) hand full
  • 1 3⁄4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

I added the Cran Raisin to the bread dough because I used wheat beer and this brand was on the sweet side. The tartness of the berries will cut the sweetness.

Put in your bread machine following your machines recommended directions, Mine is set at Basic (1) & for 2 lb loaf – which is about 31/2 hours . I will post pictures when done.

Looking down the aisles I am making plans : Blue Moon & Citrus , All the fruit add beer will make great seasonal bread . The list goes on- Yum!! Looking forward to trying them all. Lisa