A while back I really wanted to make bread, but didn’t want the kind that my bread machine produced and I didn’t feel like waiting for anything to rise etc..
So one I adapted this recipe from one on the blog http://blog.kitchenkapers.biz/ (it’s the blog for the store where I work!) Thanks Jackie! I used a different beer than she did and I added some sharp cheddar cheese. It turned out great!
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
12 ounces beer (I used Lindeman’s Apple Lambic, but feel free to experiment!)
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 tbsps butter, melted and cooled (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch loaf pan and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cheese and give it a little bit of a mix to incorporate all your dry ingredients together. Add the beer and mix slowly until just combined. (Try not to overmix it, as this will make the bread tough.)
Transfer the mix to an 8 inch loaf pan.
Drizzle the top with the melted butter and transfer to the oven. (You might want to put a baking sheet under your loaf pan, just to make sure the butter doesn’t bubble over and make a mess while baking.)
Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick insterted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
Remove the bread from the pan and cool an additional 10 minutes.
This bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Makes 1 loaf.
I was really pleased with the results. The bread turned out beautifully, with a crunchy, chewy crust, and a distinctive flavor. Try your favorite specailty beer and various mix-ins (nuts, dried fruit etc…)