Lime Beer Bread

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This is giving me tropical feels.

Despite being painfully aware that I’m living in an almost arctic climate in the middle of winter, this beer with lime flavor is transporting my brain to a vacation destination somewhere south of Florida.

Around this time of year, when I’m ready for the thaw of spring, I get restless for a warm day with sun and a cold drink.  Maybe a margarita with a salted rim.  Or some drink that can be slurped out of a hand-carved coconut.  As much as I hate actually going to the beach (pasty white girl problems), I would love to be in some indirect sunlight with SPF 100 on right now.

For now, I’ll have to settle for zesting up my food and drinks with a little lime for that vacation feel.  Since I love to have a beer with a slice of lime, it seemed only natural to flavor a loaf of beer bread with lime and my favorite lime-flavored beer.  The beer I used was a popular light lager with a lime variety, but several other beers have lime versions you could use.  In lieu of the softened butter I use in my Classic Beer Bread recipe, I substituted with the juice of one lime because the lime in the beer is not super forward.  This came out to just under one tablespoon of juice, so take that into consideration if you decide to forgo real limes for bottled lime juice.

This easy recipe will have you feeling like it’s beach season all winter long!

 

Lime Beer Bread

3 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 12oz. bottle beer
Juice of 1 lime                                              Zest of 1 lime                                                    3 tbsp softened butter

Preheat oven 350F.

In a large mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the butter, adding the beer last to the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Melt the 3 tbsp of butter and pour over the loaf.  Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Let cool.

Serve warm, ideally with butter.

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