I was obsessed with Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day when it first came out. It was hard to get really good and crusty bread near my house, so making my own was the perfect solution. The process was easy and it was easy to keep the dough on hand for weeknight baking. We went through a phase (pre-Z) when I was regularly making small round loaves of bread. They were glorious. The trouble was that we ended up eating a ton of bread. Kind of obvious, right? I know. So we really can’t keep dough in the house anymore, but every so often I want fresh bread to serve with dinner. The solution? Beer bread. Beer bread is the perfect after work baking project because it request minimal effort but delivers a tasty result. And seriously, is there anything better than freshly baked bread? Yes, in fact there is. Freshly baked bread with cheese. Think about it: beer + cheese + carbs = a winning combination.
You know the concept, right? Flour, salt, etc. combined with a bottle of beer to provide the leavening. This is really easy to throw together and no kneading is required. And that’s huge, because I really hate kneading bread. I love making this recipe with Z because there are few ingredients, little measuring, and it is really easy for her to stir together. She loves pouring an entire beer into a bowl and watching it fizz. The alcohol from the beer cooks off and leaves a bit of the flavor behind, without any bitterness.
This beer bread is a little different from other recipes you will see online because it doesn’t have much added sugar. I’m not sure why people feel the need to add tons of sugar to bread, but I really disliked a few of the recipes that I have tried. I understand the need to balance the bitterness from thebeer and that’s why I use a light beer for this version. And because I don’t like the way that dark beers taste with the cheese here. Also, I don’t add extra butter to the dough because I don’t think it is necessary. I’m going slather my bread in butter anyway, so I don’t think it is necessary.
Use freshly grated cheese if you can for this recipe. Pre-shredded cheese has that white dusty coating on it and just doesn’t melt at well.
|Beer and Cheese Bread|| |
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 8 oz colby jack cheese, shredded
- 1 12 oz beer
- non-stick spray
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl
- Pour in beer and stir until the dough gets shaggy
- Add in cheese and mix together with your hands
- Add dough to a prepared loaf pan
- Sprinkle butter on top of loaf
- Bake until golden brown and crusty on top, 50-60 minutes