Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread
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Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread is a simple no-knead recipe that is mixed with a spoon and ready to go in the oven before it is done preheating! Loaded with cheese and bacon this is a winner!
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.
Bacon Cheddar Beer 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 sourdough-esque. In fact the loaf has that firm textured crust and softer bread like sourdough as well.
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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. It’s that fast!
I have made this recipe dozens of times and it is always a home run. Perfect for sandwiches, grilled cheese, french toast and more. How are you using your beer bread. I would love some more suggestions.
- Substitute for beer – If you are sensitive to beer you can substitute lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale. I HIGHLY recommend using the beer though. It gives it an incredible flavor that you will miss out on using the substitutions.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need For Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread
- 9 x 5 Bread Pan –
- Mixing Bowl – I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
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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
- 12 ounce bottle of beer , I used Blue Moon
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (or 1/4 cup real bacon bits)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare a 9″x5″ 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.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published February 2012. Updated and republished January 2017.
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This sound yummy, Donna. Beer bread goes perfectly with so many winter soups.
This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..
It looks great, one of my favorite combos!! It's on my "must make" list! Yum!
yes please, pass the butter
Gorgeous loaf of bread. Bacon, cheese, beer. Ummmm yes please.
This looks soooo good!! Into the keeper file it goes!
When do you add the rest of the cheese?
I edited the recipe. When you add the mixture to the pan, add the remaining cheese on top and then add the butter.
Sounds delish,gonna try this,pass the beer please
Made this tonight (I think I found & saved it via Pinterest) and was it ever easy and delicious! We used a really dark lager which made for a rich nutty flavor and much darker brown bread, and I think I held back too much cheese for the top or maybe just didn't use enough cheese overall (was still real good just had a more cheesy crust than inside if you know what I mean) – also mine rose all the way over the top of the pan during baking. We all loved it, and will def. be making again – look forward to trying it with different beers 🙂 thanks a bunch for this recipe!
Hurrah Pinterest! Also found this recipe over there and wanted to say how delicious it turned out. I hope you don't mind but I blogged making it with a credit back to you. Thank you for sharing!
I made this twice in the past week, and it is simply delicious! The bacon really offsets the bitterness of the beer making a great combo. The only thing I ran into was my mixture didn't seem as liquid-esque like your picture. I just opened another bottle and poured in a little extra. Thanks for sharing!
I made this twice in the last week and it is simply delicious, easy to make, and a beautiful loaf of bread! The bacon offsets the bitterness of the beer and makes for a great marriage. I used a Boulevard Bob's Ocktoberfest that I got from a tour of the brewery. The only thing I ran into was my mixture was not as liquid-esque as your photo; but I just opened another bottle of beer and poured in a little extra until it looked right. We used it to dip in spinach dip and ham and bean soup. Thanks for sharing!
Can this be made in a bread maker? This sounds so yummy!!!
Can this be made in a bread maker? This sounds so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing
Hi Rebecca! Honestly I would get the breadmaker out for this. The recipe is literally -mix ingredient- put in pan- bake. No rise time, no yeast to bloom. You don't even need a stand mixer. So easy. Hope that helps!
I just made this tonight. I used a dark beer, so it wasn't a "white" bread, but it smelled delicious, looked amazing, and tasted even better! Will definitely be making it again.
What could be used in place of beer (I don't touch the stuff)? Would something like Sprite or tonic water work?
Actually the beer taste and alcohol cooks out and you are left with a nice yeasty bread. I understand carbonated beverages like sprite, root beer and club soda are said to work too.
Hope that helps! Let m know how it comes out.
I think the bread is much much better with beer…. its the brewers yeast in the beer that makes the dif
Could you use wheat flour instead?
I have not tried it with wheat flour. But, I would think it should translate. Let me know how it goes.
Thank you for this recipe! It makes a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich and I make toast with it too!
Grill chz OMG what a wonderful idea!!!!
Sounds outrageously delish!
I made this recipe this afternoon and it is fantastic. So very easy to make and a great result. We couldn't wait to try it when it came out of the oven, and it tasted wonderful. This is easily one of our family favourites already. Thank you!
Thank you for this great recipe! Finally a great bread I can mix and bake. So easy! Myra
I just finished making this: did have to add about 1/2 cup milk (used skim) and because we are bacon lovers, used 8 pieces… medium sharp cheddar. INCREDIBLE flavour!!! INCREDIBLE! Now going out to buy more bacon and make 2 more loaves! PERFECT for breakfast sandwiches and grilled cheese and to accompany soup/stew. GREAT RECIPE!!
So happy you loved it. It is so easy and versatile.
I made this the other night and it was wonderful! My husband and I both loved it. Son is coming home from college this weekend and has requested a loaf just from the pics I sent him. I am thinking about adding some jalapeno next time.
I have this in the oven right now! it smells divine!! used a harvest ale and half wheat flour, now half way thru baking time- the pan is filled to the top!
What kind of beer is best to use with this recipe?
I use Blue Moon personally. But anything you like would work. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
Looks so good I'm making my own batch today using a dark Irish stout.
I have made many of these breads with ginger ale, sprite, etc. and they turn out beautifully!