A couple weeks ago we threw our little one a Simon and Garfunkel themed Second birthday party. That’s right. Every toddler’s dream.
The first birthday was centered around the Beatles (1-compilation album=perfect!). I made yellow submarine sandwiches with I am the eggman egg salad and I am the walrus tuna salad; Strawberry fields salad; Bungalow Bills Buffalo Wings; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Dip (roasted red pepper dip); Watching the Pinwheels (tortilla roll ups); Piggies (pigs in the blanket); A Taste of Honey (literally just a bottle of honey with a spoon); and my personal favorite-The Salad of John and Yoko (a pasta salad).
But this year, it was all about my favorite music group of all time. I found it slightly more challenging to correlate food to the serious Simon and Garfunkel tunes, but I felt proud of the outcome.
Mrs. Wagner Pies (black bean cheddar and spinach ricotta empanadas); I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail (tortilla roll ups again, this time up on their sides); boysenberry jam-on english muffins of course; The Dips that are Green (avocado hummus and pesto dip). And a parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme beer bread with a garlic compound butter.
I’m sure you only wish you had a second birthday half as awesome.
Simon and Garfunkel Beer Bread
Adapted from Farmgirl Fare
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
12 oz. (1 bottle) beer
1 stick salted butter, softened at room temperature
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in a medium/large bowl. I like to aerate it at this time and just stir it all together with a whisk. Add in the garlic and cheese and stir, covering all pieces with flour to assure it doesn’t stick together in a clump. Pour in the beer and stir until just combined.
Pour the batter in a greased loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with a little tap water. Brush the egg glaze over the top of the bread batter. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
In a small bowl, mix butter, garlic and parsley together. Reserve to spread on your super delicious Simon & Garfunkel beer bread!