Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! What’s more appropriate for the occasion than a Guinness, chive and cheddar quick bread? Maybe a shamrock shake hand delivered by a leprechaun, but that’s likely not going to be happening, so let’s eat beer bread! A pretty sweet characteristic of this recipe is its lack of eggs or yeast. The beer and baking powder do all the work!
I found this recipe last year on the Kitchn. Go buy yourself a big ol’ bottle of Guinness and give it a go. Cheers!
makes one 8 1/2-inch loaf
2 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) bottle Irish stout beer
1 cup grated Irish cheddar cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, or coat with butter.
In a mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the beer and mix until the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Fold in 3/4 cup of the cheese and the chives.
Transfer the batter to prepared pan. Pour the melted butter evenly over top of the dough. Bake about 30 minutes then scatter the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over the top. Return the loaf to the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
Turn out and serve warm, sliced, with salted butter.