February’s daring bakers challenge was to make quick bread (called that because it doesn’t require any kneading or rising time). Having never made beer bread before I went with that recipe. To tell the truth I don’t really eat bread. Not because I don’t like it per say, but because there’s a limited amount of calories I can consume daily without ballooning to hippo proportions so bread never really makes the cut. And most of the time I feel that bread just dulls the taste of the other ingredients – diminishing the flavors of the cold cuts, veggies and cheese which I’m really trying to get to in that sandwich. Anybody else with me on this?
Now I’m not saying I never enjoy a good piece of bread. When D and I were in Greece climbing 6000 steps a day I was starting my dinner feast by [guiltlessly] dipping wads of fresh bread in rich Greek olive oil, but that’s only because I was essentially coming off an 8 hour workout. With my daily workday where only my fingers are getting any excercise (frantically hopping around the keyboard) I do have to limit my bread intake.
I did have to make an exception for this bread though. I mean I took the time to make it, I must have burned enough calories in the process to compensate for at least a taste, right? And it was really good. Considering how simple the bread was to make I wasn’t expecting to be impressed, but I was. You could slightly taste the nuttiness of the beer, the bite from the scallions and the smooth melted cheese mixed in. Sure made for an awesome grilled cheese – which D thoroughly enjoyed – whose metabolism works so well that he needs to eat ice cream, cheesecake and bread daily to prevent himself from losing weight. It’s just wrong!
Recipe Adapted from Recipe Girl
A simple bread recipe that's easy to make and delicious. No bread machine required.
10 minPrep Time
60 minCook Time
1 hr, 10 Total Time
- 1/2-1 cup scallions, chopped
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) parmesan cheese, shredded
- 12 ounce beer (amber ale)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add scallions, cheeses and beer. Stir until just combined.
- Spoon mixture into the greased bread pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons butter. Bake for 35 minutes, brush with remaining butter and continue to bake another 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes then remove from pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting.