I LOVE beer bread! The funny thing is, I don't really like beer all that much. When I DO drink it, it's usually a watery light beer. I'm not a fan of the “good” beers – the dark lagers, IPAs, and whatever the other things are that my beer-loving friends drink. But that's OK! I still appreciate those beers because they can make a great beer bread.
What I like about this particular easy cheddar beer bread recipe is the CHEDDAR part of the title. Yes, it has cheese in it! This helps give it the title of BEST BEER BREAD because it makes an extra-flavorful loaf that's perfect as a snack or even to make a little sandwich.
Just beware if you go the sandwich route – you don't want to overpower the awesome flavor of the cheesy beer bread by adding lots of “stuff” to your sandwich.
To bake the loaf, I recommend a nonstick loaf pan. While it's still important to grease the pan, starting with a pan that is already nonstick will make the beer cheese bread even easier to remove from the pan.
Easy Cheddar Beer Bread Recipe
How to make cheddar beer bread:
Preheat the oven to 350∞F.
Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan with half of the butter.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Add cheese and stir with a spoon.
Make a well in the center & pour in the beer.
Mix with a spoon until it's just combined.
Spoon into the prepared loaf pan.
Rub the top with remaining butter.
Bake for 50-55 minutes or the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool 10 minutes, turn it out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for 15-20 more minutes before slicing.
Tips: Use any kind of cheese or beer, or omit the cheese all together!
How to Make the Best Cheesy Beer Bread:
- Let your beer come to room temperature before using.
- Don't overmix the batter. Stir only until combined.
- Let the loaf rest in the pan for 10 minutes after baking before you move it to the cooling rack.
- Allow the bread to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into slices.
What Type of Beer is Best for Beer Bread?
We used a lager for our recipe, but you can really play around with different types of beer to see the different flavors they lend to the loaf. It might be easiest to just use your favorite beer that might already be in your refrigerator, but you can try a stout, a lager, a pale ale, or any beer you prefer.
What Can I Substitute for Beer in My Batter?
If you don't want to use beer in your batter, you can use a clear or pale soda such as a Sprite or ginger ale. Other sodas will work too, with each type giving you a slightly different flavor for your end result.
What Type of Cheese Should I Use?
We love cheddar because it gives a nice, rich flavor (sharp cheddar will give a stronger flavor than mild) and it also gives the bread a nice color, but you can use any type of shredded cheese, or even a combination of cheeses. Try Swiss, Havarti, or CoJack – basically anything that is easy to shred.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 9x5" loaf pan with half of the butter.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Add cheese and stir with a spoon.
- Make a well in the center & pour in the beer.
- Mix with a spoon until it's just combined.
- Spoon into the prepared loaf pan.
- Rub the top with remaining butter.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes or the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool 10 minutes, turn it out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for 15-20 more minutes before slicing.
You can use any kind of cheese or beer, or omit the cheese all together!
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Serving Size:1 Slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 12g
Nutrition is calculated automatically and may not be accurate.