Today, like every Tuesday for the past 2 months or so, I went into work at 10. We opened at 11, and between that time and when I left at 1:40…we had 3 customers total in the restaurant. Quite literally the worst day of my serving career, seeing as all 3 of them sat at the bar top and I wasn’t bartending today.
So, I ended up leaving 2 hours before I normally do. All the energy that I could have spent at work was now just…sitting there. I did my yoga, putzed around Target for a bit, went to dinner with Shawn…but, I was still bored. I tried coloring for a bit…but that lasted all of 20 minutes. I broke down and pickled the huge cucumber I had gotten from my parents…but, I still had so much energy! I then stumbled on a recipe for some Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread from Cooks Recipe Collection and decided to give it a try. I’ve made beer bread before and it’s one of the easier breads to make. This recipe calls for white cheddar, which I didn’t have, so I used a sharp cheddar and bleu cheese mix instead. They didn’t specify a type of beer, and I had some Goose Island IPA sitting around in my fridge, so I thought, why not?
This recipe takes about an hour and a half, but most of that is baking time. You can also use whatever beer you want, just realize the sweeter the beer will make the bread a little sweeter; I wanted to go for the dark flavor.
Here’s what to get from the store: (Assuming you have All Purpose flour and Baking Powder)
Whole Wheat Flour
IPA of your choice
Cheddar and Bleu Cheese IPA Bread
2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 bottle IPA (12 ounces)
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Bleu Cheese
½ cup Butter (1 stick)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir with wooden spoon.
- Add beer and stir to just combine, batter will be a bit lumpy.
- Fold in the cheddar cheese, being careful to not over mix.
- Spread into loaf pan.
- Melt butter and pour ½ over top of loaf.
- Bake for 50 minutes, pour remaining butter over loaf of bread.
- Bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer. It has a nice nutty and hoppy flavor that’s still pretty easy to drink. IPA’s were originally brewed to send to the English living in India (Hence the name, India Pale Ale), the brew has changed over the past few years, but the original idea of the brew still remains. This beer was perfect with the types of cheeses I used, I may end up eating the whole loaf instead of sharing it…