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Beer and Cheese Batter Bread

February 22, 2011

The type of beer this bread calls for is nebulous, but whatever type you choose should have a good flavour–although, honestly, if it’s summer and you bought cheap-old beer for the slugs, you can use a bottle of that (or can, I’m guessing) here.

(Do you know what I mean about beer for the slugs? One way to catch slugs–if you have this unfortunate problem in the summer–is to bury small cups or containers level with the soil and then put a few inches of beer in them. The slugs smell the beer and come running. Well, running for slugs. Then they drown in the beer. It works so well, I think slugs from all over the neighbourhood come out for the treat. Sorry if this grossed you out and now you don’t want to bake at all.)

This bread is really easy and it can bake while you make the rest of dinner or do the laundry or try to figure out why your daughter is crying.

Beer and Cheese Batter Bread

2 C. all-purpose flour (Feel comfortable substituting at least 1/2  C. whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour here.)

1 C. whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour

1 T. sugar

1 t. salt

1 T. baking powder

12 oz. beer

1 T. dijon mustard

1 C. grated cheddar cheese

1 T. butter

1 t. sesame seeds

Heat the oven to 350. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the beer, mustard and cheese. Stir until mixture forms a batter. Spread into a 9’/5′ loaf pan. It will be rather rough on top; that is OK. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until light golden and firm to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Brush the top with butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cool on a rack.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. kelli trujillo permalink
    February 25, 2011 5:41 pm

    Ahh… I knew I heard the Newcastles in the fridge whispering “bread… bread… make us into bread…”
    I plan to try this recipe next week. Can’t wait.

    And, in honor of your sandwich Sunday tradition (which I think I may start as well), we are having Sandwich-Friday. Too tired, worn out, and uninspired to do anything else. Hubby is picking up chips on the way home to add some crunch to our meal…

    (I should say that the rolls for the sandwiches do require some baking. They’re the frozen-dough kind from the store. At least there is the ILLUSION of cooking, right?)

  2. March 3, 2011 3:42 pm

    This bread was a smashing success with the grown-ups. The munchkins didn’t like it. They are in a picky stage.
    However, we didn’t mind b/c it left more for us! My husband took the remaining pieces to work for his lunch today. Absolutely loved it. Will make many more appearances on our table. (And I hope the kids keep disliking it so we don’t have to share!)

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