Cheese and beer. What else do you need in life? Oh right, and probably bacon. (There is no bacon here, but there probably should be.)
My family is coming over tomorrow for our annual Christmas gathering. We’ll be watching the Army versus Navy football game. Go Army! My dad went to West Point so I’m partial. Anyway, that means there will be a lot of people over and that means a lot of mouths to feed. Football is a good excuse to make a huge pot of chili. Do you see where I’m going with this? 😉
Of course there must be bread with that chili so I thought I’d whip up the only “bread” that I make. I use the term “bread” loosely because it’s not the typical yeast bread that my husband is so fond of making. God forbid I try to actually make a bread with yeast. Actually he’ll be making a loaf of Italian bread for tomorrow too. I made plain beer bread a couple of years ago which was phenomenal, but this time I decided to add Cheddar cheese to the party. Oh yeah.
If you’ve never had beer bread before it kind of has the texture of a corn bread, crumbly and moist. That crust is mad crunchy. Thank you, butter.
I have two tips when making this bread. Please use beer that you like. Also, the stronger the beer flavor then the more flavor that will be in the bread. Today I used Samuel Adam’s Winter Lager and it’s got awesome beer-y-ness (a technical term). The last time I made this bread I used Bud Light and you couldn’t even tell that there was beer in it. By the way, I kind of broke my first rule because I don’t like Bud Light but it was left over from a previous party and I felt bad throwing it away. I still loved the bread though. 🙂
Cheese Beer Bread Recipe
(Makes 1 loaf)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 (12 ounce) beer
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and shredded Cheddar cheese.
- Mix in the beer.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan.
- Carefully pour the melted butter on top of the bread.
- Bake it in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes.
- Let it rest in the pan for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
Adapted from: Julie’s Eat and Treats
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