This simple recipe can actually be a good starter recipe for a child to make. There are two dry ingredients that can give little ones their first experience measuring. Have them spoon the flour into the measuring cup over a piece of wax paper. Then show kids how to level the measure with the flat edge of a spatula or butter knife. Lift the wax paper and pour the excess right back into the flour container. Help the kids count each cup they measure and pour into the bowl. Repeat with the sugar.

As the kids get older, you can show them that a 1/3 cup measure means you have to fill it three times to make a whole cup. After they whisk the flour and sugar together, you can pour in the liquid ingredient. The beer immediately reacts with the baking powder in the self-rising flour and the mixture starts to foam. This recipe is fun to make and simply delicious.


1 12-oz. can of beer
1/3 c. sugar
3 c. self-rising flour


Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together the sugar and the flour. Gently stir in the beer (it will foam up, which is kind of fun). Pour batter into buttered or sprayed loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Serve hot, maybe with some honey butter.

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    Toni Garcia Carpenter is an author and freelance writer/producer. Carpenter lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, black cat, two tabbies, a spotted dog, and one or both kids and friends who show up for free food. She loves to cook and maintains a kitchen herb garden. Carpenter is the proud mother of two children whom she considers her greatest work.