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Loaded Cheddar Bacon Bread

This loaded cheddar bacon bread with peppers, scallions and beer as the secret ingredient requires no yeast, no rising and no fuss.

This loaded cheddar bacon bread with peppers, scallions and beer as the secret ingredient requires no yeast, no rising and no fuss.

Each year summer comes, the temps rise and the grocery stores put on their A-game trying to get you to buy beer with their end of the aisle displays of all the fun summertime brews. And each year, I’m a total sucker for it.

This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if there were two of us who actually drank beer in the house to tackle the 24 summery bottles but as I’ve discussed before, Ulysses won’t touch the stuff. I think I’ve seen him with a bud light lime (which barely even deserves to be classified as beer) once or twice in the heat of the summer. I try to get him to like it by buying things with names like “blackberry wheat” but one sip in and he just looks at me like “really? this shit does not taste like blackberries, Gina”. My response is usually an eye roll and some backhanded insult about his lack of manliness while grabbing the bottle and taking a nice long chug.

Cheddar bacon bread

I’ll start off strong and usually have 3-4 bottles of the case a week after bringing it home but then it loses its appeal and weeks/months go by before I remember to drink another and before I know it, it’s the following May and there’s one lonely beer bottle left on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

I don’t really know the shelf life for beer, but I’m going to assume 8-9 months is expecting a bit much. So instead of drinking it, I baked with it.

Beer bread with cheddar and bacon

If you think regular fresh baked bread is good, add bacon, peppers, scallions, sun dried tomatoes, a huge pile of cheddar cheese and beer to it and then tell me your thoughts.

Un-freakin real.

It’s like a very moist cornbread loaded with everything savory and good and with a hint of beer. No yeast, no rising, no kneading, no fuss.

Cheddar bacon beer bread

And now that the last bottle is gone, I can go buy this year’s case.

Loaded cheddar bacon bread

Cheddar Bacon Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This loaded cheddar bacon bread with peppers, scallions and beer as the secret ingredient requires no yeast, no rising and no fuss.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 3 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 small yellow pepper, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar, grated and divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 oz. beer
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crispy. Set aside to drain on a paper towel, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet.
  3. Saute peppers and scallions in bacon grease until softened, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chili powder and smoked paprika and whisk together.
  5. In a small bowl combine beer, buttermilk and agave and whisk together.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into large bowl with dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula until just incorporated.
  7. Chop up bacon now that it's cooled.
  8. Add bacon, pepper & scallion mixture with the leftover bacon grease from the pan, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and fold into dough until just incorporated.
  9. Spread dough into loaf pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and bake again for another 20-25 minutes until cheese is golden and bread is cooked through.
  11. Let cool in loaf pan for 20 minutes before removing and cooling on a wire rack.

Notes

Buttermilk can be made using 1/2 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

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Iulietta

Tuesday 19th of June 2012

I made this with 'blueberry' beer also and my family LOVED it. This was so easy and fun to make! Thank you so much for the recipe :-)

Running to the Kitchen

Tuesday 19th of June 2012

So glad you liked it! Blueberry beer sounds delicious, I might've stolen a swig or two for myself ;)

Baker Street

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

Wow! You had me at bacon! Gorgeous clicks and a winner of a recipe. :)

Baker Street

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

Wow! You had me a bacon! Gorgeous clicks and a winner of a recipe. :)

Baking Serendipity

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

My husband would totally give me an eyebrow raise when I took his beer for a recipe...but I know he'd be happy with the results of this one!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Tuesday 29th of May 2012

I do the same thing with beer! I always have a couple left, that I don't want to drink. Never thought to bake bread with it. I usually just boil brats in it. Totally going to try this next time!

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