What’s the easiest bread in the world to bake that will make even a beginner look like a rock star? Beer bread! It could not possibly be easier! No kneading, no rising, and no yeast to murder, because the beer does a magic trick and takes care of that for you! And don’t worry if beer isn’t your thing. If you use a light beer, you can’t even tell that there’s any beer in it at all, and the little bit of alcohol that’s in it, bakes out. So it’s perfectly fine for children to enjoy, too! I’m certain that everyone will enjoy this dense, moist, Asiago Beer Bread that has a nice light cheesiness, a hint of sweet, and just a touch of garlic to add a little warmth!
There are several ways that you can design this to suit your own mood, such as using different cheeses, adding herbs, and experimenting with other items you have on hand like jalapeños or bell peppers, roasted or sun-dried tomatoes, green onions or chives, or odds ‘n ends like chopped olives, that last strip of bacon from breakfast, or even finely chopped or shredded veggies!
Now, if you want a bit of a stronger beer taste, use a full-bodied stout or strong-flavored beer, and you might want to decrease the sugar a little, too!
No matter what touches you add, this is an easy, fun way to make a loaf of bread, that you can serve with dinner, alongside a piping hot bowl of soup or stew, or can certainly boldly hold it’s own as a delicious appetizer bread for snacking, that your friends and the whole family will inhale as soon as it’s cool enough to eat!
So, if you think you can’t make bread, or want a quick one to accompany that prized bowl of chili or stew that you spent hours on, or just want something to dunk into some warmed marinara or crock of melty cheese while watching the game or a classic movie, you really can, and this is it! The one to try! Hope you all enjoy!
↓ ↓ ↓ Oh, yea! This bread went extremely well with my hearty beef vegetable soup!
See below for this link, as well as a few others, that I thought you might enjoy serving this awesome bread with!
Goes great with:
Just Like Grandma’s Beef Vegetable Soup (pictured above)
6-Time Award Winning Chili
Creamy New England Clam Chowder II (For Those Who Like It Thick)
Thick and Hearty Classic Beef Stew
Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta Soup
Hearty Ham ‘n Bean Soup
*Be sure to check out the rest of my soups (and main dishes, too!) just begging to be served with this bread!
- 3 cups sifted all purpose flour, *sift flour, then measure, do not skip sifting first!
- 3 Tbl. sugar
- 1 Tbl. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, run through a garlic press or very finely minced
- 1 small shallot, outer layer peeled, ends trimmed, and very finely chopped
- ¼ tsp. onion powder
- 1 cup finely shredded asiago cheese
- 1 (12 oz.) can beer, (any kind)
- 1 Tbl. melted butter
- ¼ cup (1/2 a stick) melted butter for top
- Preheat oven to 375º F.
- Mix dry ingredients, garlic, shallots, and cheese. Stir in beer and 1 Tbl. melted butter just until all is moistened and well mixed, but don't over mix. (*Remember, SIFT FLOUR into a bowl, then measure!)
- Pour/spoon into a greased loaf pan.
- Pour ¼ cup melted butter over mixture.
- Bake 1 hour, remove from pan, and let cool for at least 15 minutes before trying to slice.
- Great with stews, chilies, dinners, and snacking on it's own, or a dunker for dips!