So, my mother is the bread maker in the family. She is famous for loaves of homemade bread, tasty rolls, and cinnamon rolls to die for! My mom is the one that makes bread for all of our family gatherings and she is very good at it! I however, do not bake often, especially breads and rolls and all of that good stuff. I think my problem has always been the measuring and sifting, and kneading, and raising…….well pretty much all that is required to bake properly. (Ironically, my maiden name is Baker. Ha) I don’t want to wait! I don’t want to measure! Who has time for that anyway!
However, making a decent hunk of bread to go with soup, stew, chili (as pictured) or to clean a plate filled with yummy gravy or other assorted meal remnants…… is a requirement to round out a meal…well, at least in my family. lol So, I did some research and perused some recipes and made beer bread a few dozen times. I added things and omitted things, just as you should, depending on your time, tastes, and available ingredients.
Note to reader: This is a very dense bread that can be flavored with any number of spices or ingredients. I have used light beer, dark beer, flax seed, jalapeños, different cheeses….. you really can put just about anything in this bread. This is not a fluffy loaf of bread. This is a base recipe for easy, fast, and tasty bread to toast up and spread with butter or a soft cheese and satisfy any carb craving or meal requirement that you must fulfill. Feel free to make this your own, I always do! As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have ever made this the same way twice!
Cheddar & Green Onion Beer Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 stick salted butter use unsalted if you like
- 1 12 oz beer light or dark
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar optional
- 1/3 cup fresh green onion optional
Preheat oven to 350. Use one tbsp. of butter to grease two loaf pans/baking dishes. I use glass, but whatever you have is fine. Just watch your baking time and temperature. If using a metal pan, you may need to increase cooking temperature or cooking time.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cheddar, and chopped green onion. Melt the rest of your stick of butter and add it to mixture. Add your room temperature beer. Mix until everything is incorporated, but not too much. For the last part of the mixing, I use my hands as it is just easier. The mix will be a bit sticky, but your hands will wash.
Divide mixture into your buttered baking dishes and pop in the oven. My loaves took an hour an 10 minutes. But, start checking at an hour. Use a wooden toothpick to insert into bread loaf and if it comes out clean..it's done!
*As always, change this recipe up however you like. Sift your flour for a less dense bread, I have done it....but I don't always. By all means, add leavening ingredients (baking soda, baking powder), if that is your thing! It is yours to build upon!