Sunday, January 24, 2010

Baking with Beer Part 2: Beer Bread

In the words of Homer (the fat yellow cartoon dude, not the blind ancient greek dude) "MMMM BEEER!"

I love beer. There are so many different tasty varieties to explore, and on top of that, its great to bake with! The bubbles in the beer help the dough rise, so there’s no need to mess with yeast. You can use all those yummy beer flavors to make all different kinds of tasty baked goods. I am particularly fond of this recipe from Cooking Light magazine because you can used different types of beer and different add-ins to make beer breads from around the world. To make all American beer bread, stick to the base recipe with Bud and monetary jack. Add some manchego cheese and Dos Equis (hey, it rhymes!) and, HOLA!, you’ve got Mexican beer bread. Got some Peroni and sausage? Bon Journo, Italian beer bread! I’ve tried the Mexican and American versions and both are superbly delicious and surprisingly low in fat/calories. In the future I might experiment with some more flavor combos. What about Blue Moon and some orange zest? Sounds like I just came up with the idea for a future blog post.

Beer Bread

From Cooking Light Magazine pictures by Amanda


16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

13.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 cups) All-Purpose is essential! I used bread flour once and the bread didn’t rise enough and was very dense.

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 (12-ounce) bottle lager-style beer (such as Budweiser) I used Yuengling

Cooking spray

2 tablespoons melted butter, divided


1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Add onion mixture, cheese, and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

4. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Once again I failed to take a good picture of the final product because I got so excited that I ate it :)

Apple-Cheddar Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots for onion. Place 1/2 cup shredded peeled Gala apple in paper towels; squeeze until barely moist. Cook shallots and apple in oil over medium heat for 7 minutes. Substitute 1 cup shredded extrasharp white cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle hard cider for lager. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Manchego-Jalapeño Beer Bread: Substitute 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper for onion; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Substitute 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Manchego cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Mexican beer (such as Dos Equis) for lager-style beer. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).

Sopressata-Asiago Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots and 2 tablespoons chopped green onions for onion. Substitute 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Asiago cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Italian lager beer (such as Peroni) for lager-style beer. Stir 2 ounces finely chopped Sopressata salami into batter. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).


  1. OK, I buy the idea... so what do you pair with Killians Irish Red???

  2. Since its a lager it would probably work well with the base recipe. I wonder if it would turn the bread reddish though???