But I’m not a beer drinker. So I gave a couple of bottles to friends to try and then put the other two in my fridge “for later”. And I waited. Waited for something to be real.
“Later” came and went though and the bottles were still there, mocking me, saying “Use me up!” every time I opened the fridge. What to do? I went to Pinterest and said, “Show me the way.” And I figured out how to bake with them.
Beer bread is super simple. It’s a quick bread, so no yeast or kneading or rising or any of that. Similar to the box cake mix + can of soda recipe, it’s just a few dry ingredients and a bottle of beer.
You really can’t mess this up.
The cheddar is optional, but if you want to spice it up even more then throw in some extra sharp cheddar plus garlic cloves and jalapenos. The bread is tasty on its own but would probably be great with soup or chili or stew.
Or cut it into chunks and make some crazy bread version of Devil’s Nachos. Like, Devil’s Savory Cheesy Bread Pudding.
Ok, I’m making Devil’s Savory Cheesy Bread Pudding next. I think it will be like fondue on acid.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar (more if you prefer a sweeter bread)
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 12oz. Mmmhops, or other beer
- 1 cup sharp cheddar (optional)
- ½ stick butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and half the cheese in a large bowl. Whisk together.
- Add beer. It will start to bubble. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the pan. Top with the remaining cheese.
- Pour the melted butter evenly over the top.
- Bake on center rack for 50-60 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf.
- Remove from oven, let sit to cool for a few minutes.
- Remove from pan and serve, or let cool completely before wrapping in foil for later. (It won't be as crunchy and crispy on the edges if you wrap it though.)
It might just change your life. It might just blow your mind.