Thursday, September 24, 2009
Cheddar Beer Bread
There is nothing better than pulling some hearty bread out of the oven, cutting a thick slice, slathering it liberally with real butter and then savoring every bite. I found this recipe for beer bread at the same time that I found the recipe for Hearty Lentil Stew with Smoked Sausage.
This is a great quick bread to make - there aren't many ingredients to it, its really simple to put together, and it bakes pretty much to perfection in just about 45 minutes.
I was kind of nervous as I was making this. The dough turns out THICK! I could not get all the ingredients to come together with a spoon. I had to get my hands involved to get everything mixed in. I checked it at 45 minutes, and it was golden perfectly. However, when I tried to insert my toothpick I got worried. This bread has a crispy crunchy crust! But never fear, this bread turned out perfectly!
Basic Beer Bread
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
12 ounces beer
herbs of choice (see below)
2 teaspoons water
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, herbs and cheddar in a bowl.
Slowly stir in beer and mix until just combined.
Spread into a greased 8 inch loaf pan.
Whisk egg and 2 teaspoons water together in small bowl.
Brush egg mixture over dough (you won't use all of it - just enough to glaze the top).
Bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Cool in pan 10 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temp.
Garlic and Herb - 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp garlic powder.
Dill and Chive - 2 tsp dried dill, 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Italian - 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
You can add pretty much any combination of herbs and cheese that you would like! Just use your imagination!!
This recipe comes from Farm Girl Fare.