Beer bread? Game-changer.
If you’ve never made bread before, this might be the way to start. But then this may be the only way you’ll ever make bread because it’s so simple, so fast, so delicious, and so versatile. There’s absolutely e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g to love about it.
Isn’t it funny how such an everyday item – bread – something most of us enjoy almost every single day can be so intimidating? I’ll tell you that this recipe throws all those fears out the window.
This recipe brings to light another reason I love to cook and bake. There is such a sweet satisfaction, a feeling of pride, a sense of accomplishment, when you’ve made something with your own two hands. The first time you make a recipe, a little voice inside screams “you did it” and then you want to share it with everyone. Enter – why I started this blog!
If you’re like me, it’s not often I follow a recipe to a “T” and so I encourage you to swap or add your own favourite flavors when you try this out if you’d like…just don’t get too wild and crazy on me. By all means though, try your favourite cheese or blend of herbs. This bread paired beautifully with this carrot soup and would be oh-so-satisfying to soak up a saucy dish, or to make a grilled cheese that would be one thousand percent incredible. I’ll be right back…
Oh – and to answer one question that might be on your mind, the bread does not taste beer-y…it tastes like bread! You can use any beer you’d like, light or dark, lager or stout, craft or imported. I used St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing (available at the LCBO). Generally, the lighter the beer the lighter the flavor (not beer-taste) it will lend.
P.S – wondering where I got the adorable hen and chicks tea towel from? Claire Manning’s Cute Boutique on Etsy!
enjoy | liz | xo
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup of grated white cheddar cheese
- 12 oz of your favourite beer
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grase a 5"x9" loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, thyme and salt. Add in 3/4 cup of the grated cheese and and mix.
- Slowly add in the beer. Stir until combined and no dry spots remain. Transfer dough to your loaf pan. Drizzle melted butter on top of the unbaked loaf and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- No doubt, this bread is incredible fresh out of the oven but is equally delicious if prepared a day in advance!
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