Cheese and herb Beer bread

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This cheese and herb beer bread is an easy recipe that is crazy good served with a steaming pot of chili or simply enjoyed with butter.

Cheese and herb beer bread

I have always been absolutely obsessed with beer bread. The flavour, the fact that is so incredibly easy and also that it’s always a crowd pleaser. I have in fact started making two loaves whenever I make beer bread because I know that there will never be enough.  I mean, who could say no to a thick slice of warm bread slathered in butter? No one! That’s who.

Of course you could make a simple beer bread which will be just scrumptious but when you add mature cheddar and a few tablespoons of fresh herbs, you take this bread to a new level. It’s the perfect side dish for a braai (or barbecue if you’re not from South Africa) and goes incredibly well with chili con carne. It’s also really amazing toasted, topped with a soft egg and some hot sauce. Basically, you should just make this bread and eat it every which way you probably can.

Cheese and herb beer bread

How to make beer bread

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, beer, cheese and herbs and mix well. Transfer the dough to a prepared loaf tin and bake until the bread is golden and cooked through. Allow to cool then slice and serve.

What beer is best in beer bread?

Any beer will work well with this beer bread recipe. I would suggest an ale or lager or any beer that is lighter in color (so not a stout, basically).

Cheese and herb beer bread
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Cheese and herb Beer bread

This cheese and herb beer bread is an easy recipe that is crazy good served with a steaming pot of chili or simply enjoyed with butter.
Course Baking, Beer bread, Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword Beer bread, Beer bread recipe, Cheese beer bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 355kcal
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 x 340ml bottle beer of your choice
  • 1.5 cups grated mature cheddar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped (I used parsley, thyme and basil)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°c and grease a loaf tin well.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add 1 cup of the cheese and herbs and mix well then pour in the beer and mix until just combined.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf tin then scatter over the remaining cheese and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 8g | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 3.2% | Calcium: 26.4% | Iron: 18.4%

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  • Veronica
    Reply

    Made this for a Braai this evening, well done Ali – SO much of yum!

  • Reply

    I haven’t made beer bread in quite a while Alida. We always enjoy it as a side to our soups or chili. Looks delicious!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s a great side, isn’t it? Thanks Mary Ann. 🙂

  • Jennifer Marinelli
    Reply

    Can i make this brad loaf with wholegrain/spel/corn fluor ? with same measurings?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I haven’t tested it with any of those so can’t advise, I’m afraid.

  • Kathleen
    Reply

    My family loves this recipe. We have it often with soup or stew.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Awesome! It’s the perfect side with comfort food.

  • Brenda
    Reply

    Do you know if this can be cooked in an air fryer or instant pot? Thanks

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I haven’t tried either I’m afraid so can’t say for certain that it will work.

  • Abigail
    Reply

    Apart from the beer can I use something else.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      The yeast in the beer is what adds so much flavor to this bread. If you are worried about the alcohol, I would suggest a non-alcoholic beer as the recipe won’t be quite as good without it.

  • Linda
    Reply

    Hi! This looks delicious!!!! Can u tell me what size loaf pan should be used? Thx

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m not sure of the exact size, it’s a standard loaf pan but I think it’s around 20cm x 10cm?

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