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Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

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This is definitely BEER bread, very “beery” with a splash of cheese. It is a easy quick bread that goes great with a hearty summer soup or red beans and rice or since it’s summer….a really nice summer cocktail :-) As you would imagine, this bread is awesome toasted and drenched in more melted butter. Lots.

 

Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

 

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Ingredients:

 

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, slightly warmed. We didn’t have either so we used golden syrup – worked just as well!

1 bottle (12 ounces) beer

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bread pan.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and garlic powder. Using a mixing spoon, stir the beer and honey (or whatever you use) into the dry ingredients until combined.

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Stir in the shredded cheddar until just combined. Here is where you want to be cautious and not over mix the dough. It’s tricky cause it’s a thick batter. Transfer the dough to the pan, and spread it out with a spoon so that it’s roughly level.

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Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove the pan and brush the melted butter on top of the bread. Return to the oven and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until the top is nice and golden brown and a knife/cake tester/toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for about 5 minutes. This is best server warm (or toasted later!!)

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