In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, let’s discuss self-rising:
Ever find a recipe and think you have all the ingredients, but then realize you are missing one, just one ingredient? It is the worst. No one wants to make an extra trip to the store, even if that store is across the street. For St. Patrick’s day I wanted to make beer bread to go along with the Guinness Shepherds pie. How many ingredients could be in beer bread, and surely I have all of them?! Alas, the recipe I found required self-rising flour. My husband gives me grief because I keep buying flour thinking we don’t have any or are almost out. We have enough regular flour to last us a lifetime. We also have whole wheat flour I swear I would use, but have only used once for cookies. Of course, no self-rising flour.
I, of course, do what I always do in crisis, call my mom. Complain that I don’t have an ingredient and there has to be a way to make the bread without self-rising flour. Normally, she says, if the recipe calls for it, then you need it. No way around it. Side note: there are recipes that just have flour, but apparently they are more dense. However, this time my mom and sister chimed in saying just make self-rising flour. Uh, ok, I’ll go make some flour (said in a smart-aleck tone). My mom loves texting me pictures of recipes….they seem to always be sideways and I always look silly trying to read them. She sent me a sideways text of a simple recipe to make self rising flour. Here it is:
For every 1 cup of flour add 1 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
I used a Food Network recipe my sister uses for beer bread. The recipes is as follows:
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 12 ounces of beer – I use Yuengling but my sister uses Honeybrown Ale
- 2 tbsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter bread loaf pan and set aside. Combine flour, sugar, melted butter and beer. Mix. Should be sticky. Pour in pan. Bake for 55 minutes. At the last 3 minutes brush melted butter on top.
I used the Kerrygold Irish butter and mixed some honey in. Beer bread with honey butter is amazing.
So for each cup of flour I just added the baking powder and salt. It wasn’t dense and tasted great. It also saved me money. Self-rising flour is like $4-5. Instead of buying yet another flour and using it once, I saved some money and saved some space.