Cheddar Beer Bread

Cheddar Beer Bread

I’ve made this bread a few times in the past, and I just love it because A). it’s so easy, and B). it combines beer and cheese.  Yes, please.  The following recipe is my adaptation of Alton Brown’s Beer Bread.

***For a condensed, printable version of this recipe without all the obnoxious photos, scroll to the bottom of this post***

You will be requiring:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons sugar

4-1/2 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese

12 ounces cold beer (I used, shockingly, Shiner Cheer, because it’s what we had.  Usually, I use Shiner Bock)

A bit of extra shredded cheese for sprinkling along the top

Yes, cheese.  YES.

Cheese.  Yes.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and grease up a 9×5 loaf pan.

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.

It's okay to take a sip of the beer.  No one will know.

It’s okay to take a sip of the beer. No one has to know.

Add in your cheese until well-mixed, and then add your beer, a little at a time, only until the mixture is just combined.  You should have some beer left in the bottle.  Do not pour this down the sink.  Drink it like a man.

Well-mixed

Spread the mixture evenly into the loaf pan, then sprinkle with your left-over shredded cheese.

About to go in the oven

I took this photo, then panned to the right….

....and took a photo of this.

….and took a photo of this.

Put it in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes (mine was perfect at 45).  Remove it from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then let it cool completely on a cooling rack.

Cheddar Beer Bread

This bread is darn good with butter on it….

Bread and butter

But if you really want to blow your mind, try it with butter and honey drizzled over the top.  YUM.

Cheddar Beer Bread with Butter and Honey

Printable Version of Cheddar Beer Bread:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons sugar

4-1/2 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese

12 ounces cold beer (ale or stout or whatever you feel like!)

A bit of extra shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Coat inside of 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray or butter.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients, then add in the shredded cheese.  Add just enough beer to mix thoroughly.  Spread the batter evenly in the loaf pan and sprinkle with leftover cheese.  Put it in the oven for 45-55 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then let it cool completely on a wire baking rack.

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7 thoughts on “Cheddar Beer Bread

  1. Green Door Hospitality January 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Looks great! We usually use Fireman’s 4, another Texan beer but I bet the Shiner Cheer and Shiner Bock are great as well!
    Kenley

    • farmhouseK8 January 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm Reply

      Oh, Texas beer! When my husband (the Texan) heard I made this, his immediate response was irritation that I had wasted a Shiner on bread. :-I

      • Green Door Hospitality January 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        My husband doesn’t mind…but then again being in Texas, we can get Texan beer any day of the week…

  2. Shannon January 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

    Shiner, please! But we’ll pass on the cheese. 🙂

    PS — Your husband comment cracked me up. So did the poor, neglected puppy.

    • farmhouseK8 January 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm Reply

      Yes–this definitely wasn’t vegan bread, sorry about that! 🙂 Umm, it’s really bad for them, but my dog has ‘accidentally’ tried Shiner once (just once!) and she OB.SESSES over it now. She’s interested in other beers in bottles, but when she sees a Shiner bock she goes bananas.

  3. Becky January 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

    This bread looks so good!
    Beautiful photographs of a beautiful kitchen, BTW. Love the mixing bowl, the sink, the dog…just so darling!

    • farmhouseK8 January 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

      Oh, thanks, Becky! Hahaha….the white dog was never more than 3 feet from the bread at any given moment. She even kept walking over to the oven and staring through the window while it was baking!

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