I have been playing with some bread recipes lately and have fallen in love with the simplicity of beer bread. They are a bit more dense, but can be mixed with a spoon, there is no kneading and no rise time. That is a perfect option for times when you don't have 3 hours to make bread.
My first few loaves I made with a more flavorful beer and then used a light beer. I can tell you there was a difference. I would stick with a more flavorful beer. You can't taste the beer, but you get a nice flavor to the bread that could best be described as sour dough-esque. In fact the loaf has that firm textured crust and softer bread like sour dough as well.
After making a few recipes of a basic beer bread, I tried a few variations. The recipe I am sharing with you today is fantastic!!! Bacon and cheese in beer bread... OH MY!!! Munchkin swiped a slice and devoured it. She kept saying "Mmmmm" as she was eating it. It really is so good and so easy. Prep is in no time. Set oven to preheat and by the time it beeps you will be sliding your loaf in the oven. Its that fast!
With love from our kitchen table to yours! XO
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Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread
3 cups all purpose flour (363 grams)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used Monterey Jack, Colby and Cheddar mixture)
1 12 ounce bottle of beer (can is fine too)
4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (1/4 c real bacon bits)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°.
Prepare bread pan by greasing with butter. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar with a whisk. Make a well in the center. Add bacon, about 3/4 of cheese and full beer into the well.
Stir mixture with a spoon until combined.
Pour mixture into prepared bread pan. Add remaining cheese. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of butter. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle remaining butter over the top.
Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until browned on top and loaf thumps when you tap the top.
Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack. You can brush with more butter if you choose.
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