One of our Tablespoon editors swears by this beer bread recipe from The Billfold, and has been making it for years. The best part? You probably already have most of the ingredients. (But for the sake of this experiment, we’ll go ahead and price it out anyway.)
3. Bundle both inside a printed kitchen towel and attach a gift tag with instructions for baking (below).
Final cost: $5.21/each. This one went a little over the $5 limit because we bought just one canning jar. The price goes way down if you buy a case of 12. This case brings the per-jar cost down to $0.85, which would lower the cost of the gift from $5.21 to $3.97/each.
Beer Bread Recipe
(found on The Billfold)
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bottle (12 oz) beer of choice
- 1-2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray inside of loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and bottle of beer. Dough will be sticky.
3. Transfer dough to loaf pan and press lightly to form an even layer.
4. Optional: Place small pieces of butter over top of dough.
5. Bake 50-60 minutes. Bread is done when flicking the top of the loaf with your finger creates a hollow sound. Allow to cool slightly before serving.