Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread – A moist, dense bread recipe combining smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese with a buttery, crunchy crust. A quintessential comfort food!
Are you ready for a super easy and delicious bread recipe that can be mixed up in just a few minutes? No, it’s not a trick question. Since fall and colder weather are officially here, I wanted to share an easy, hearty bread recipe that pairs well with a piping hot bowl of soup. I could think of none better or easier than this Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread. All you need is a handful of ingredients, a bowl, spoon, pan, and oven, and you’re on your way to beer bread nirvana!
Okay, so you know I lament the coming of colder weather. A lot of that has to do with a circulatory condition I have that causes me to lose circulation in my fingers and toes. This happens pretty much any time the temperature dips below 60 degrees. Yep. Not necessarily debilitating, but really annoying. So, that’s kind of huge in my loathing of cold weather. And why do I still live in Ohio?
As much as I dislike colder weather, I do enjoy so many of the foods that come with it, so I can’t be too much of a hater. Comfort foods, absolutely! Carbs galore! Macaroni and cheese is right up there as my number one comfort food craving. Anything cheese, really. Loaded baked potato soup – heavy on the bacon and cheese! And of course, bread. Any kind of bread. (Did I mention carbs?) A steaming bowl of soup or chili with a side of bread totally hits the spot when the mercury tumbles.
This Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread brings together hearty comfort foods like smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. It’s a really moist bread with a buttery, crunchy crust. The bacon and cheese are just a touch salty, and between the beer and added sugar, it’s a wonderful combination of salty and sweet. Just the kind of bread you want for a cozy comfort food meal.
In general, beer bread is insanely easy to make. In its simplest form, it can be made with only three ingredients – self-rising flour, sugar, and beer.
What is self-rising flour?
Self-rising flour is merely flour with baking powder and salt added to it already. You can make your own at home! For every one cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt and whisk together. Voila! Self-rising flour!
So, what about the beer in beer bread? You may be surprised to know that the beer actually is not providing yeast to the bread. The beer’s primary function is to provide carbonation and flavor. Technically, you could use seltzer water in place of the beer to get the carbonation needed; the flavor just would be off a bit.
We’re using a pale ale in this Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread recipe, but you can use whichever type of beer you want. Pale ale is a bit more hoppy, and even then, there are different kinds of pale ales. The type of beer you use most certainly will change the bread’s flavor. As you’d expect, the darker the beer (like a stout), the heavier the bread’s flavor will be. Likewise, light beers will result in a lighter flavored bread. Pick your poison!
So, crack open a cold one and mix up this amazing Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread for a cozy meal this weekend!
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon about 6 slices
- 1 bottle pale ale 12-ounce, at room temperature
- ¼ cup butter melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the first four ingredients. Add the beer and stir until a moist batter forms. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove pan and pour melted butter over the bread.
Bake for 10 additional minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 20-30 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap and foil for up to three days at room temperature.