Saturday, December 15, 2007

Beer Batter Cheese Bread

8 ounces Gruyere cheese (4 oz shredded and 4 oz cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (12-oz) light-bodied beer, such as Budwiser
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Combine shredded and cubed cheese, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in large bowl.
- Stir in beer and mix until well combined (will be very thick).
- Pour into loaf pan, spreading batter to corners. Drizzle melted butter evenly over top of batter.
- Bake until deep golden brown and tooth pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
- Cool bread in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto rack.
- Cool completely and slice as desired (good warm, too).

- With smoked gouda and bacon: Follow recipe for bread substituting 8 oz gouda for gruyere. Stir 8 slices of bacon (cooked until crisp and crumbled) into bowl with cheese.
- With cheddar and Jalapeno: Follow recipe for bread substituting 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese for Gruyere. Stir 2 seeded and minced jalapeno chiles into bowl with cheese.

- Makes 1 9-inch loaf.
- Insert a toothpick in a few spots when testing for doneness; it may hit a pocket of cheese which resembles uncooked batter on the toothpick.
- Mild American lagers like Budwiser and Miller Genuine draft work best.

Submitted by Kelly


  1. this is cooks illustrated's recipe

  2. Good to know.

    Thanks, Cooks Illustrated, for the great recipe!


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