When I think back to my escapades in Germany many moons ago, one of the things that stands out in my mind is the meals that were provided to me by the gracious family that had taken me in – these meals predominantly being breakfast. Now, traditional German breakfasts are different than those had in North America; German breakfasts involve cold-cut sandwiches served with cheeses and wonderfully fresh bread from the bakery down the street. The breads were also quite different – extremely flavourful and much denser than I was used to. Quite hearty! It was a perfect way to start the day.

Now how about starting the day with some beer, too! How, you ask? Well, put it in with the bread. Add some bacon and you’ve got the bread of champions. This is, by far, the easiest bread you will ever make. You don’t have to knead it. You don’t have to let it rise. All you have to do is mix your ingredients, throw it in a bread-pan and be on your way. I added some fried bacon to it, but that’s as hard as it gets. I don’t even really need to write instructions (Don’t worry, I’ll do it anyway)!

Ingredients:

8 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

3 cups All Purpose Flour

3 tsp Baking Powder

12oz Dark beer

3 tsp Brown Sugar

4 tbsp Melted Butter

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F

2. Chop up your bacon into small pieces. All of it. Nice and small. So far so good, right?

3. Fry about ¾ of that bacon until it’s nice and crispy and set it aside. Save the bacon grease, we’ll do something magical with that later. You should thank me now, because the ‘hard part’ of this recipe that you’ve just performed has made your kitchen smell like bacon. Thank you cards are greatly appreciated. Thank you e-mails and comments are just as welcome.

4. Okay, back to the bread. In a bowl, combine your flour (that’s been sifted! VERY IMPORTANT), sugar, baking powder, fried bacon and beer. I chose Guinness – loads of flavour. You’ll also notice I only use 12oz of it. I’m sure you know what to do with the rest…

5. Give everything a good stir until it’s combined and in a big lump.

6. Smack that bad-boy into a bread pan. That’ll make it look like a loaf of bread. That’s what we want. We’re making a loaf of bread; we want it to look that way. Bread pan. Magic.

7. Take your melted butter, and add in that bacon grease that we’ve saved. Mmmm. Flavour with more flavour. That’s gonna be flavourful. Add the remainder of the uncooked bacon to this and mix it all together.

8. Pour your bacon/butter mixture atop your raw loaf.

9. Throw it in the oven. Set your alarm for one hour from now and have a nap. It makes the time go by faster. Trust me, you’ll be in agony waiting for this stuff to come out of the oven if you don’t go to sleep!

10. Wake up.

11. Eat Bread… but wait about 15 minutes before you cut into it to let it cool off. Your mouth will thank you.