|The original donkey bread|
It came from the "spice man", a local Newfoundland entrepreneur. The bag was filled with all the dry ingredients mixed together and you just needed to add a bottle of beer. I think we used a Rickard's Red with it that time, which was fine. Anyway, the thing that really made it special was the little packet of habanero spice that came in the bag, along a warning not to add the whole thing! In the interest of making sure the bread was edible but still wanting a kick, I think we added half the packet and sprinkled a bit more over the top. It was so tasty.
I was really impressed with how easy it was to make (only 5 mins to mix and an hour to bake). I found a recipe and ended making some for a snack when we watched Canada take the gold in Men's Hockey but that turned out a little dry because I baked it too long...
Anyway, I finally got around to making it again and this time I was sure to stop baking when it was done. I followed this recipe, plus to re-create the kick of the original and spruce it up I added:
A half teaspoon of Jalapeno flakes - an essential Iron Donkey spice.
And about a quarter cup of shredded Jalapeno Monterrey Jack cheese, "lightly sprinkled" over the loaf for the last 5mins of baking.
|Zesty jalapeno monterrey jack|
It was fun and easy to make and it's something I could whip up again any time since we always have the base ingredients on-hand:
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 12 oz. beer (homebrewed IPA this time)
|The ingredients (the inspiration for the cheese came later)|
I would never normally be so organized, but I couldn't pass up a photo op for the blog.
|The dry guys hangin' out|
Pouring in the beer was pretty fun too... it's extra foamy because the beer was warm.
|Pouring the beer over the dry ingredients|
Mixed it all together and drizzled with melted butter.
|Drizzling over dough with butter|
The recipe says to bake for an hour at 375°F but in my oven I baked it for ~45mins till the internal temperature was about 190°F, then added the cheese and browned it.
|That's one fine looking loaf!|
Slice and serve. A great snack for watching playoff football (or crafting).
|Good to the last bite|
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