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October 26, 2008

Bread Week: Whole Grain Cheddar Beer Bread

Whole Grain Cheddar Beer Bread

So let's round out bread week with something cheesy shall we?

I love cheese breads. I've actually baked them in one form or another since I was young. There was a lady who attended the church that I did growing up that just loved cheddar cheese bread. From time to time I would bake some cheese bread to take to her. She always enjoyed it and I enjoyed making her day special. She was such a lovely person. One of those fabulous elderly people who had not grown bitter and hateful, but was happy and kind. I just adored her!

For a while now I had been wanting to play around with not only using beer as an ingredient, but also using a whole grain flour in place of white flour. The result was just fabulous! This bread is cheesy and surprisingly light despite the fact that there is no white flour in the bread itself. If you want something whole grain, yet a little decadent, then look no further!

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3 cups of white whole wheat flour (Note: If you want you could use unbleached all purpose flour instead, but of course then it would not be whole grain.)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 cups beers

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl stir together flour, sea salt, baking powder and onion powder until completely mixed. Next stir in the shredded cheese so that it is incorporated throughout the flour mixture. Next slowly add beer and stop adding when thick batter forms.

Divide batter in half and pour into 2 bread pans that have been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes until bread is golden and done through. (You can usually tell by looking, but if you aren't sure you can test it like you would a cake with a toothpick.)

Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Turn loaves out onto a cotton towel and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Whole Grain Cheddar Beer Bread

Notes: You can omit the onion powder and exchange it for garlic powder and add dill for a garlic dill cheese bread. You can also use buttermilk in place of the beer if you like.

Posted by Dianne at October 26, 2008 8:45 AM

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Comments

This looks wonderful! I love beer bread, and anything with cheese in it has to be good!

Posted by: Erin at October 26, 2008 12:50 PM

Erin, I like beer bread too. I was really please with how well this turned out being whole grain!

Posted by: Dianne at October 28, 2008 2:49 PM

Thanks for posting this recipe! I Googled "whole wheat cheddar beer bread," and your site was the first result to pop up. :) We have a TON of beer in our fridge right now because of a party where only one person showed up, LOL! :)

Posted by: Lisanne at May 18, 2009 10:37 AM

Thanks for posting this recipe! I Googled "whole wheat cheddar beer bread," and your site was the first result to pop up. :) We have a TON of beer in our fridge right now because of a party where only one person showed up, LOL! :)

Posted by: Lisanne at May 18, 2009 10:37 AM

Hope you like it...I really enjoyed this one!

Posted by: Dianne at May 18, 2009 1:06 PM

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