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Friday, October 30, 2009

Beer-Batter Cheese Bread

This is a simple and delicious bread. It's great with chili and slices well for sandwiches. This recipe comes from the December/January 2008 Cook's Country.


Beer-Batter Cheese Bread


8 oz. Gruyere cheese, 4 oz. cubed into 1/4 inch squares and 4 oz. shredded
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 (12 oz) light-bodied beer, such as Budweiser
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 375 degrees. Grease 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.

Combine cheese, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper in large bowl. Stir in beer and mix until well combined. Pour into loaf pan, spreading batter to corners. Drizzle melted butter evenly over top.

Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Insert toothpick in a couple of places, you may hit a pocket of cheese which will resemble uncooked batter. Cool in pan for 5 minutes., then turn out onto rack to cool. Cool completely before slicing.

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