Thursday, April 4, 2013

Beer Cheese Bread

If you were to ask someone what there weakness was, as far as food goes, more than likely they would spit off an answer without any thought.  A carbaholic. A dairy lover. A sweet phene. The list goes on.  Well, for me, my answer wouldn't be so simple.  I'm a carb loving, sweet phening, dairy loving, comfort food craving girl and the list just simply goes on.  I love food, what can I say? 
I've never met a carb I didn't like.  Now take any piece of bread or pasta dish and top it, stuff it or mix it with cheese and I'm one happy girl.  I've always been this way.  Growing up, I remember going up to a salad bar getting my salad, veggies and such but while I was there I would pile my plate high with extra cheese and add a few pieces of buttery, garlic bread.  When I sat down to eat, I couldn't have been happier.  Things definitely haven't changed much.  I still try to get my carb fix on a daily basis.
I've never been one to turn down an extra bread stick, slice of bread, or cheese stick.  I'm a sucker.  Now when we're talking homemade breads and rolls.  Um wow.  I think I could literally eat my weight in the stuff and, quite possibly go into a carb induced coma!  I love homemade breads, yeast and non-yeast I love them all.  A homemade bread that is stuffed not only with sharp cheddar goodness, but beer as well?  You've definitely got a winner! 
I've seen various recipes for beer cheese bread floating around the internet for quite some time.  Yes, I think I'm about the last person on earth who hasn't tried the infamous beer cheese bread.  But that has changed, I've tried it and I LOVE it.  Beer. Cheese. Carbs.  Umm, how could this not be good?  An it's a cinch to through together; no yeast, no proofing or anything.  Just combine this ingredients, stir and bake.  The end result is a bread that is fluffy, cheesy, slightly sweet and oh. so. good. 
This particular bread is a quick bread.  It's an incredibly easy recipe, and it's the perfect recipe for an inexperienced baker.  Spencer can cook all sorts of things on the stove top or grill but he's never baked a cookie, pastry, or bread from start to finish.  He made this bread!  And it turned out perfectly.  And no, he wasn't intimidated or nervous.  Just a few ingredients, some simple directions and in the end you get a delicious bread. 

We initially enjoyed this with a bowl of white chicken chili and it was amazing.  Throughout the week we enjoyed it with various other things, as well as tested it out in a grilled cheese sandwich.  Let me tell ya folks, that sandwich was awesome!  Cheesy beer bread surrounding more gooey cheese?  Yes please!  However you decide to enjoy this bread, just be sure to enjoy it.  I waited way too long to try this and I'm kicking myself for it.  Don't make the same mistake I did...make this now!  Oh, and if you're not a beer person or you just don't have any on hand Sprite or 7-Up works too!  I can't wait to try this recipe using additional add-ins and playing around with the flavor! 

Beer Cheese Bread
Ingredients:

3 Cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tsp Kosher salt
1/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 Green onions, thinly sliced
12 Oz beer
1/4 Cup butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cheese and green onions in a large bowl and stir gently to combine.  Slowly add the beer and stir gently to combine, trying not to overwork the batter.

Once all ingredients are incorporated, pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the bread.  Place in a preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes, until bread is cooked through and golden brown.  Remove the bread from the oven and allow to rest and cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Recipe source: Shugary Sweets

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