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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Mar 28, 2011

Cheddar Beer Bread

Libations used: 1 bottle beer
Libations left over: none
You know what's so great about beer bread?  Besides the fact that there's beer in it?  You don't need to add yeast to make it rise.  The yeast in the beer does that all for you.  For the lushes out there who always screw up their yeast preparation, this non-fussy bread solves all your problems.  Nod to Epicurious for this simple recipe, as it allows room for creativity - add in cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, etc.  I had a fridge full of leftover cheese from the Beer-Baked Mac 'n Cheese I made last week, so I mixed in shredded cheddar cheese.  The Lush Chef's parents like to serve their beer bread as an appetizer by cutting it into small cubes and dipping it in spinach artichoke dip - a crowd-pleasing and simple dish.  But this tastes absolutely stellar by itself.  I'm thinking beer bread for breakfast...

Cheddar Beer Bread - makes 1 loaf
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) room temperature beer
  • 1/4 cup melted, unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add beer and cheese, mixing as little as possible.  The batter should actually be on the lumpy side.
- Pour the batter into a medium loaf pan and brush the top with melted butter.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.


Bob Freimuth said...

Looks amazing. Given you used Stella, this is International Cuisine.

Jen H said...

Yum! I think my guy would LOVE this!

Anonymous said...

I came across your recipe when I searched for a beer bread recipe that used cheese in it... Making it as we speak! Can't wait to see (taste!) how it turns out :)

The Lush Chef said...

Thanks Lindsay! How did it turn out?