Fall is finally here in Virginia and I’m loving it. The windows are open and the air conditioning is off, baby! It’s so nice out, that I don’t even care that I haven’t yet put the screens back in the windows. You know, I’m just enjoying the moment, living life on the wild side.
With fall temps here and the official start of fall right around the corner, I’ve already begun pulling out the coordinating recipes. Beer Bread is one of my favorite things for Fall. I know I coudl make it all year round, but something about the yeasty taste or beer or a good lager just aren’t as appealing in the Summer months. This year I decided we’d try playing with the recipe and see if we could make our bread even better. This is what I lovingly refer to as Beer Bread 2.0, and let me tell you it is simply divine!
For those of you who aren’t confident in the kitchen, who don’t consider yourselves ‘bakers’, or are simply overwhelmed at the thought of attempting homemade bread… Do NOT be afraid! Beer Bread is your friend. It’s fool proof. You can’t mess it up.
Now I give you ‘Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread’. The name says it all.
Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread
recipe adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
- 1 12 oz bottle, or can, of unflavored beer/lager
- 6-8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and roughly chopped, divided (or 1/2 cup REAL bacon bits)
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir with a whisk to combine ingredients. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients.
- Add beer, half the bacon and half of the cheddar cheese. Stir until combined.
- Pour the batter/dough into a greased loaf pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Sprinkle the remaining bacon over top and drizzle with the remaining butter. Bake for an additional 25 minutes or until browned.
- Remove and allow to cool in pan for about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.