So, I have this cooking/blogging/general fear of making my own bread. I’ve seen it a million times… pretty much every day I read my favorite foodie blogs. My blogging friends are making their own breads, pizza crusts, pretzels, donuts… and I am so super jealous.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m not married yet and don’t have a Kitchen Aid with a handy-dandy dough hook… or maybe just the thought of having to let something rest and wait around for it is just too daunting for me. I don’t know. The bottom line is… I haven’t tried it yet. Key word: YET. I’ll get there someday.
I was recently inspired by my dear friend Melanie when I went to visit her, her husband, and their pup Mona in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We had the best time… ever. The first night I was there, Melanie cooked up a delicious dinner including Beer Bread. I was amazed. Melanie- who when she moved claimed to not know how to “boil water” baked bread! Go Mel!
It all made more sense when Mel showed me the empty box of Beer Bread. Regardless, the bread rocked and totally inspired me to do the same… you know since I won’t make my own. This week, I searched TWO grocery stores and COULD. NOT. FIND. ANY!!! Boo! I decided to hit the internet and see what I could find.
I ended up with a winner.
It is SO good. OMG.
Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread
Recipe adapted from: Cooking Light
Makes: 12 Slices (175 Calories Each)
1 Jalapeno, chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it too hot)
Black Pepper, Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
13.5 oz AP Flour (3 cups)
3 Tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup (ish) Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 (12oz) can Beer (I used Coors Light)
2 Tablespoons Butter, divided, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a loaf pan or a square cake pan with cooking spray.
2. Heat a little bit of Olive Oil (tablespoon, at most) in a small skillet over medium heat. Add chopped Jalapeno and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and pepper, cook for one last minute before setting aside.
3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk. Now, make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add Jalapeno mixture, cheese, and beer into the well. Stir with a spoon until the batter is just coming together and moist. (this will happen easier and sooner than you think!)
4. Dump the batter into the prepared pan of choice. Drizzle one tablespoon of melted butter over the top. Bake at 375: Loaf Pan (35 min) or 9×9 Cake Pan (15-20 minutes). Drizzle the other tablespoon of melted butter over the top and put back in the oven for an additional: (Loaf Pan- 25 minutes, Cake Pan: 15-20 minutes). The bread will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove and cool in the pan for 5 minutes on a wire rack or on the stove. Flip and remove from pan to completely cool.
I’m telling you… coming from a person who won’t even try to make their own yeast bread… this Beer Bread is SO easy. It was so easy, that I’m determined to convince Melanie to try. This may have been the test I needed to see if I am up for the challenge of making “real” bread. Just maybe.
The original recipe called for a loaf pan, which I just don’t have… the cake pan worked perfectly though, but I did have to watch my cook times. I tried to include them in here for you but definitely keep an eye on it and always stick with the toothpick rule.
You should also check out these other BREAD-tastic Recipes from IGTBTC!