Once the leaves start to change and the air gets a crisp bite to it I start thinking about warm, robust soups and breads, fresh baked apple pie, and mulled cider to help warm the mind, body and soul.
I baked two apple pies last night along with a wonderfully easy loaf of beer bread made from our local micro-brewery's Octoberfest Ale, the best around. Here is the simple recipe. Make up a batch to enjoy with your split pea soup, corn chowder, or other wonderful fall harvest soup.
3 cups self rising flour (If you don't have this on hand, add 3 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. salt along with 3 cups all purpose flour)
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. beer (any kind will do, experiment a little here)
2 tbsp. butter (melted)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease one standard loaf sized bread pan.
Mix dry ingredients, add beer. Mix until combined, don't over mix. Pour into pan and bake for 55 minutes. At about 40 minutes remove from oven, spread with melted butter and return to oven for last 15 minutes.