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Beer bread recipe & snow in Shanghai

I thought I would never see snow in Shanghai, but it snowed all afternoon Wednesday. Now that the weather is below freezing and all the Christmas decorations are up around the city, I’m finally getting into the holiday spirit.

Today I’m just at the office drinking hot chocolate milk tea and eating some leftover beer bread. I put a handful of green xinjiang raisins in this batch, and it’s really delicious. Xinjiang raisins are air-dried in the hot desert air of China’s western provinces.


Beer Bread Recipe

3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 can beer (room-temperature)
1 1/4 cup melted butter


1. Pre-heat oven to 190 C (375 F).
2. Mix the dry ingredients and beer until just moistened.
3. Pour mixture into a greased pan.
4. Pour melted butter over the mixture.
5. Bake for about 1 hour.
6. Let the bread cool for about 15 minutes in the pan.

**Feel free to add sharp cheddar cheese and jalapenos if you want beer bread with a kick. If you’re adding dried fruit, don’t forget to soak it in boiling water for a few minutes before adding it to the mix.

I’m a big fan of edible gifts. I really like all these homemade bread wrapping ideas (from 1, 2, 3, 4).




We went to the Christmas market the other day and ate some currywurst. It’s almost hard to tell we’re in China in the last photo except for the Santa Claus!


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    December 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

    this beer bread looks great!!

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    The Latent Fox
    December 17, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Wow, great shots.

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    December 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    lovely photos, yum beer bread!

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    Nadia Aboulhosn
    December 18, 2010 at 5:20 am

    beer bread looks amazing

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    December 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I love that post :)))))))


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    Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller
    December 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I've seen a few recipes for beer bread and want to try it out some day!

    As for that market… yeah, it doesn't look like you're in China at all. Looks fun though. I'm going to some Christmas markets this week. Yay!

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    December 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

    love this post! it's made me kinda hungry lol xx

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    saraM E U G H
    December 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

    love this post! it's made me kinda hungry lol xx

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    December 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    that beer bread looks gooood. Today I'm going to try to make gingerbread! Also one of these days I might try to recreate currywurst because I haven't had it since Berlin.

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    Mamushka Marie
    December 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    oh wow that looks soooo good, definitely going to have to try that as I have been in major baking mode recently! Hope you have a lovely holiday my friend!! <3<3<3

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    December 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Okay I feel kind of dumb but I had no idea it could snow in Shanghai. At all. The more you know, eh? And of course that beer bread looks delicious (but maybe minus the raisins. Raisins are my sworn enemy :X)


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    La Michelle
    December 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    this looks soo good, jummy


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    Hope Adela
    December 20, 2010 at 2:06 am

    i've never had beer bread before; need to try it one of these days! your two friends are so cute by the way! 😉

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    December 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    must give that bread a go x

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    December 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    That bread looks amazing! Shanghai is lovely through your lens–makes me want to visit desperately!

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