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Mary Anne's Easy Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread

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I love bread fresh from the oven, but often I just don't have enough time during the day to make it….until now! Years ago a friend gave me this recipe and it is the easiest bread recipe I have ever made! It's made with beer, any kind of beer, but you can make it with not only regular beer, but also, non-alcoholic beer, or even soda pop. You are only limited by your imagination as to what beer to use and ingredients to add.


3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (I sift my flour two times)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional*

1 (12 ounce) can room temperature beer

1/4 cup melted butter

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter or grease a bread pan or spray with a non-vegetable cooking spray (Pam). In a medium size bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cheese, if using. Note: you can substitute other ingredients instead of cheese at this time for different types of bread.
  • Add the beer and lightly mix the ingredients together. Do NOT over-mix or over-work the dough. Pour into your greased loaf pan. Note: I use a 9x5 bread pan. With a mixing spoon or spatula, lightly tap the top of the bread to evenly distribute the dough in the pan. Pour the melted butter evenly over bread dough.
  • Bake approximately one hour, or until lightly brown on top. When bread is done, remove from oven and let it rest for a few minutes before taking bread from pan. Cool bread for at least 15 minutes before serving. Note: I like to wait until it is cool enough to handle before I slice the bread.Note: This bread will have a heartier taste with a dark beer; also, if you omit the sugar, it will have more of a "beer" flavor to it. Experiment with various beers to find the flavor you like the most.

*Note: Experiment with various ingredients to add. In the past I have added sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, lots of different spices, parmesan cheese (both in the bread and sprinkled on top), dried fruit, nuts, pepperoni, cooked and drained Italian sausage, kalamata olives and more.


Orange Streusel Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the cheddar cheese. Substitute 12 ounces of orange soda for the beer. Follow the directions given above. Pour into greased loaf pan.

For the streusel topping:

In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup melted butter. Sprinkle over prepared batter. Bake as directed. Remove from pan after a few minutes and let it rest approximately 15 minutes before serving.


Pepperoni Pizza Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above. Then add 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 12 ounces beer, 2 cups grated mozzarella and 1 cup chopped pepperoni. Spoon into greased loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 60-75 minutes.


Maraschino Cherry Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the beer and the cheese. Add 12 ounces Black Cherry Soda or Cherry Soda and 1/2 cup chopped maraschino (drained well) or dried cherries to flour mixture. You might even want to add 1/2-1 cup toasted chopped pecans. Spoon into greased loaf pan. Top with melted butter and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar. Bake as directed.


Top o' the Morning Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the beer and cheese. Add 12 ounces vanilla coke and 1/2-1 cup toasted chopped pecans or almonds. Bake as directed. When completely cool, frost with one can coconut pecan frosting.


Zorba the Greek Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the cheddar cheese. Add 1/2 cup each of chopped sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese and a pinch of dried oregano. Top with the melted butter and bake as directed.


Sunday Brunch Muffins:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the beer and the cheese. Add 6 ounces of champagne and 6 ounces of orange juice, 1 small orange, peeled and chopped to flour mixture. Spoon into greased muffin cups 2/3 full; sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25 minutes.


Summer Fruit Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the beer and the cheese. Add 12 ounces of orange juice and one cup of your favorite fruit, for instance fresh chopped raspberries, or blueberries. You might even try your favorite dried fruit instead of fresh. Spoon into greased loaf pan. Top with melted butter and sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar or sugar substitute. Bake as directed.


Italian Sausage Bread:

Use the same ingredients as above, except for the cheddar cheese. To the flour mixture add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and one cup cooked and crumbled Italian sausage that has been rinsed in a colander with warm water and patted dry. Spoon into greased loaf pan. Top with melted butter and sprinkle one to two tablespoons parmesan cheese. Bake as directed.

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